Junior Champion

Avye Junior Champion

My name is Avye and I’m 12 years old. I started coding & attending physical computing workshops at the age of 7. They were fun, so I began going to loads of similar events and continued to explore what I was learning at home. To share my skills I started co-running coding workshops alongside two adult mentors & soon took on the responsibility for preparing & leading my own for CoderDojo at Kingston University.

I became aware that the majority of attendees at my workshops were boys and so, two years ago I founded ‘Girls into Coding’ to encourage more girls to give it a go. Girls into Coding offers girls aged 10-14 an opportunity to explore coding, physical computing & robotics through volunteer assisted workshops. The events are free to attend and with the help of my mum, I reach out to women & girls doing cool things in the world of STEM, inviting them to give lightning talks at GIC.

I also design & build robots, and have fundraised & secured support to provide books, physical computing kits, and microcontrollers to girls so they can continue their tech journeys at home and beyond.

In 2040, I see girls and women engaged in STEM activities, education & careers – equally comfortable, with an equal sense of belonging and in equal numbers.

The most awesome thing I have done so far is...

Successfully fundraising to pull off my very first Girls Into Coding event.

Advice I would give my 7 year old self...

“Don’t be afraid to try things’’. I would also say that, ‘you and your ideas don’t have to be perfect to be valued’ and ‘be positive and resilient’.

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