Gef’s Morning Brief

Love Tech

Love Tech has launched its STEM Summer Roadshow, popping up at three different locations across the island in the Summer Holidays offering free interactive STEM sessions for 7 – 13 year olds

The three interactive zones on the Roadshow include Oculus virtual reality headsets, mini robots and a short introduction to Angular Momentum Each session runs from 10am to 2pm and operate as drop in.

All tickets are free, secure your space at your preferred location by registering via Eventbrite and parents are encouraged to accompany their kids, you may learn something too!

NASA

Students from the Isle of Man will visit NASA in Houston later this month to take part in the first United Space School to meet in person since the Covid pandemic began. Daniel Millward and Michael Behrman, who both attend Castle Rushen High School, and King William’s College student Chalse Cowin will fly to the United States for the two-week Space School, which starts on July 24.

The year 12 pupils won an annual competition organised by the ManSat Group, which has been sponsoring students to attend the United Space School since 2000. For the last two years, the Space School was held virtually because of Covid, with participants linking up by video. However, this year, students are able to meet up in person with peers from around the world, when their challenge will be to plan a mission to Mars.

Daniel is studying physics, maths, further maths and music at A-level and has his sights set on a career as a mechanical or aerospace engineer.

He said: ‘To prepare for Space School I am reading books such as Tim Peake’s autobiography Limitless and The Variational Principles of Mechanics, by Cornelius Lanczos, which I hope will further my understanding of spaceflight, and the physics that makes it possible. I have been talking to other students from around the world who are attending this year, learning more about their interests and cultures.

‘We will be taking part in a culture fair, for which students are asked to prepare a dish native to our country. I’m still trying to figure out if we can somehow get some queenies or kippers in Texas, otherwise we might be making chips, cheese, and gravy!’

Tax Stuff

The Customs and Excise team is improving the way individuals and businesses can administer their indirect taxes such as VAT, customs and excise duties, gambling duty and air passenger duty.

A new IT system is being introduced to deliver the changes, which will be incorporated into the Isle of Man Government’s Online Services facility later this year, under the Customs and Excise button. Customers will be presented with improved online functionality to manage their affairs more effectively.

Implementation will begin in October 2022 and will involve VAT-registered traders only. All other indirect tax regimes will be part of a second phase, which is expected to commence in 2023.