Thirty girls from First Arbory Brownies have achieved their computer badges following two workshops at University College Isle of Man with help from Love Tech.

Love Tech, formed by Claire Milne of Appleby and Roberta Castle of Continent 8 aims to create innovative tech learning opportunities for women of all ages to raise awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Julie Farrar, a Girl Guiding volunteer, said: ’To complete their badge the Brownies had to be able to use a browser to do research, know how to produce a document, save and print, and understand the importance of safety, privacy and safeguarding of their own digital ID.

’The girls also saw how coding could give direct instructions to the Sphero balls and were able to experience virtual reality first hand.’

Claire Milne added: ’The volunteers and I were absolutely thrilled to see how enthusiastic and engaged all of the Arbory Brownies were during their session and we very much hope to work with other Brownie groups around the island, in the future.’

LT’s recent events have focused on ’imaginative coding’ designed for girls aged between eight and 13, which was run by Owen Cutajar from Isle of Man Code Club.

LT member Angela van den Berg said: ’Owen was fantastic with the girls, working closely with them to stretch their imagination.’