Love Tech Isle of Man, which formed late last year to raise awareness among girls about the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is to hold its official launch event on Saturday, following a series of workshops earlier in the year.

The free-to-attend event will take place at the new Barclays Eagle Lab on Victoria Street, Douglas, on from noon to 3pm.

Girls of all ages as well as parents are being invited to go, meet the Love Tech team as well as their community partners: the Isle of Man Code Club, Girl Guiding Isle of Man, University College Isle of Man, the Henry Bloom Library and social media expert Alison Teare.

Angela van den Berg, volunteer and chair of Love Tech Isle of Man, said: ’We’re really looking forward to the event, and we can’t wait to inspire girls of all ages through the range of activities on offer, including a code corner, science experiment space, app-enabled robots, microbit sessions, virtual reality headsets, crypto puzzles, 3D printer fun, plus lots of great information from our Love Tech community partners.

’We’ll have online safety talks from Simply Marketing, the chance to talk to University College Isle of Man, learn more about the summer reading challenge from Henry Bloom Library and talk Computer Badges with Girl Guiding Isle of Man.

’Parents and girls of all ages are welcome, as we’ll also have an arts and crafts station plus a cosy space for children to chill out and read a variety of library books about inspirational women, courtesy of the Henry Bloom Library.’

Love Tech’s new website is to go live later this month.

Love Tech is run by a group of professional women, on a volunteer basis, who say they are passionate about inspiring and empowering girls to explore opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through events, educational support and mentorship on the Isle of Man.

It was originally formed by Claire Milne of Appleby, Deb Byron of Hansard and Roberta Castle of Continent 8, and has held a number of events for girls aged five and upwards.

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