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Love Tech and PwC spark school childrens’ interest in STEM

01 March 2024

With International Women's Day 2024 fast-approaching, PwC Isle of Man and Love Tech are excited to announce ‘STEM SPARK’, an enhanced STEM engagement programme for the island’s primary schools built on the charity’s successful education initiative to inspire girls and young women to learn about STEM opportunities.

STEM SPARK will see Love Tech’s volunteers and mentors offer to run assemblies and workshops at each of the island’s primary schools on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics over the next two school years until early 2026. With programme sponsorship from PwC Isle of Man, the schools will also each receive a donation of eight STEM books across age groups to increase school library STEM collections. Example session topics on offer will include healthy eating, your DNA traits, observing and recording the weather, as well as talks about specific STEM careers.

Over the last two years, Love Tech trialled its first book programme delivering STEM assemblies and donating relevant educational books to all thirty-three primary schools on the island. The aim of the initiative was to educate children, teachers and parents on STEM concepts and career opportunities. Following positive feedback from many of the schools, the book initiative has become the foundation for the new STEM SPARK programme.

Lisa Karran, Love Tech committee member, said: “Building on the success of our book initiative and our win at the Awards for Excellence for ‘Education and Learning Initiative of the Year’ in 2023, we’re excited to formalise our approach and develop the programme so that teachers can engage with us directly on an ongoing basis. We’re thrilled that PwC Isle of Man wants to continue their support as it ensures we can maintain momentum and begin introducing new activities to each local primary school.

“The STEM SPARK launch comes at a perfect time when International Women's Day is sparking conversations about gender equality worldwide, and we're proud that through the enhanced programme, we'll be able to continue the conversation all year-round by providing crucial female role models and STEM education for young people, especially girls and young women, as they begin learning more about the world and the opportunities that are available on the Isle of Man. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Inclusion’ which perfectly aligns with Love Tech’s mission to inspire and empower girls to imagine a world of equal opportunity for all.”

Paul Jones, Corporate Responsibility Leader at PwC Isle of Man, commented: “Love Tech is making a significant impact in shaping primary school curriculums and encouraging the creation of a more diverse and inclusive future workforce that understands STEM from a young age. As technology rapidly advances, we need to prepare young people with a mix of education and skills to help meet the future needs of our economy. PwC Isle of Man is delighted to sponsor STEM SPARK and come together with Love Tech to grow and develop STEM awareness and knowledge in our local community.”