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About me

About me

Hi guys! My name is Avye, I’m 11, and I want to tell you a little bit about me!
I was born in 2007 in London and I am the oldest in my class, no pressure!. I am in year 6. Wow! the secondary school soon!  I live with my mum and Dad in London. We do lots of activities together. I usually do art & crafts, making, designing & reading with my dad (we are reading the Harry Potter books together). With my mum we usually do coding, we go to STEM events and CoderDojo clubs together (my dad comes along as well!).

For my website, I have chosen the name “10 to no limit” for the following reasons:

1. I started my website when I was 10 years old.

2. From 10, I am going to go on to no limit!

So here you go, 10 To No Limit!

It is about the things I get up to, and the activities I like doing!

I am in a  swim squad. I train 4 times a week, 4h per week. It is challenging but I am determined to keep up since I love this discipline and I want to get better and better !!! I recently moved from the junior to the senior squad!

I play tag rugby at school, this is my 3rd year.

In my spare time, I like to go to the park on my scooter or bike. Making with upcycled material is something I like doing and want to do more of.

I enjoy reading especially when I choose my own books! Sometimes I get distracted by the iPad but my mum and dad are quick to remind me when I get off track!

I  love Minecraft! I like playing in survival mode and building crazy worlds. I can pretend to be an architect and design buildings. I also love Lego!

I’ve been lucky to have attended and participated to some great STEM  events, courses, conferences & workshops such as the Coolest Projects, Moz Festival, Raspberry Jams, Maker Faire Rome, the generation arm 2z program and the Mobile World Congress 2019.
I really enjoy going to tech events as there are loads of people who want to share their interests & knowledge with you. They also encouraged me to craft, code, design and allowed me to discover new things.
Raspberry Pi Jams are very cool events where you can join many different workshops, run workshops or exhibit a project to the public.
Coolest projects is a fantastic platform that gives you the opportunity to showcase your own projects and to be part of a wide community of young makers.
These events introduced me to so many cool things such as the Microbit, the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino, App Maker, Scratch, 3D printing, VR, programmable electronic components & robotics…
Now I use those skills & experiences by making robots, running workshops to share my knowledge with others.

Most weekends I am either busy leading a Micro: bit workshop for CoderDojo at Kingston University or CoderDojo Ealing at West London University or working on a project.
I love coding & physical computing. I have a lot of fun using the Micro:bit & Raspberry Pi to control robots that I make out of upcycled objects. It’s great using different components and new types of technology. The things that I make & projects that I have worked on have given me opportunities to experiment, invent, discover, share, network, collaborate, challenge myself & grow. I have learnt and continue learning from some fantastic mentors & role models.

I started coding when I was 7 years old & have enjoyed it ever since.  My first experience with coding was with My Kidsy coding classes, learning about Scratch. It was fun and since then I kept coding!

I went to coding classes organised by Geeky Kids. I’ve enjoyed and learnt so much with them!  I was often the only girl in the class but it did not intimidate me. They were all very nice to me!

With my coding club, we have covered many computer languages such as:

1. Unity. It’s a gaming software language. I’ve just explored the surface of it since it takes quite a long time to master it! But it was fun!

2. JavaScript programming where we covered basic JavaScript programming constructs.

3. Web Authoring. We’ve programmed using HTML5, CSS and some JavaScript to create fun projects for the web.

4. Kodu game programming. It is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games.

5. Scratch and converting Scratch programs to JavaScript.

In November 2017, I won the ‘best working device’ for the Micro: bit 1st Birthday Challenge & my robot was exhibited at the Bett Show in January 2018. In February 2018, I was selected to be part of 12 young coders for a Young Coders Conference at the Tate Modern – where I collaboratively developed & delivered workshops to the public.

At the end of April 2018, I won the hardware category at the Coolest Project UK with my voice command robot – Voice O’ tronik Bot.

In June 2018 I was invited to showcase my winning robot at the All London Raspberry Jam hosted by Microsoft Reactor.

In July 2018 I was named as one of the ten most Inspiring Juniors in the UK. The Inspiring juniors competition was launched to celebrate the publication of a new novel, Project Prep, with the aim of finding girls with a passion for technology, who are role models for others.

In October 2018, I was invited to attend the MakerFaire Rome where I exhibited my Voice ‘O’ Tronik robot during the 3-day international event. Around 115,000 people attended from 61 countries. The public loved my project and it generated lots of interest from both young & adult attendees & fellow exhibitors.

Beginning of this year I was invited by the Micro:bit Foundation team to exhibit and demonstrate some of my projects to the public during the Bett show at ExCel London.

I was also announced as a finalist in two competitions: 1) The 2019 FDM Group EveryWoman Tech Award in the “One To Watch” category. Awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school level. 2) The @bookingcom Tech Playmaker Awards 2019 in “The Young Technologist” category.

In February, I partnered with Arm to serve as a young ambassador to help drive youth conversation around the use of and future of technology. Arm showcased their Generation Arm 2Z campaign at MWC 2019 Barcelona with a mission to empower young people to play an active role in the world’s digital transformation. I was part of the discussion panel.

Most recently, I have been honoured with a 2019 Princess Diana Award for my work to create new opportunities for young people, girls in particular.

I want to become a visible role model for young people in general, particularly for girls, to inspire more girls to get into coding and to encourage more girl involvement in tech. In April 2018, I led a workshop at the CoderDojo Girls Only event at the Institute of Imagination.

I am motivated to create other opportunities to encourage more girl participation in tech. 

After collaboratively leading a robotics workshop at Richmond Reference Library, which was only attended by boys, I was motivated to develop a format for my own Girls Into Coding tech Events.

I believe a good way to get more girls involved in the world of STEAM is to take the lead yourself. So I decided to be proactive and organise (with the help of my parents) my own Girls Into Coding Events for 15 young girls aged from 9-10 to 14.

With this goal in mind, I successfully crowdfunded over a £1000 to pull off my first Girls Into Coding event. It was launched in July 2018 and was attended by girls aged from 9 to 14. It was a great success!  Each of the 15 girl attendees received a free coding kit to continue coding & to further explore physical computing at home and beyond. I also presented the girls with a range of inspiring books.

To follow the success of the first event, I decided to organise a second one and crowdfunded to give each girl a Micro:bit starter kit and physical computing project pack. The second event was held on November 25th 2018. It received excellent feedback from the girls & their parents; many asked when the next one would be! I received lots of encouragement from the tech & maker community.

Most recently (on April 28th) I organised my 3rd Girls Into Coding event. This time it was 100% sponsored by Microsoft and it took place at the Microsoft Reactor in London. It was a great success! The girls enjoyed it and completed exciting projects!

Each event was free to attend & comprised of 3 tech workshops (I led one of them). The Micro: bit, Raspberry Pi (mini computers) were used to anchor the activities. In addition, female tech role models delivered inspiring talks. I also deliver a keynote at the beginning of the event.

Girls Into Coding project provides an opportunity for girls to explore code, physical computing & robotics in a secure, dynamic & supportive environment & to develop their familiarity and confidence in tech-based settings.

I am very passionate about these events & will strive to engage more girls with tech opportunities / to encourage continued girl involvement in coding & tech; help address the female underrepresentation / gender-based discrepancies in STEM education and occupations.  I will continue organising my Girls Into Coding events throughout 2019 and I am truly grateful for the amazing support I receive from Microsoft.

My next Girls Into Coding event will take place on July 21st 2019!

I hope you will enjoy my blogs! I will share with you the pictures of the coding or STEAM events I go to so you have a feel of the moment. I will also write a little review of the books I am reading. I do not pretend to be a critic but will just tell you what I honestly think of the story.

Avye

PS: All the content included on my website has been written by me. My mum and dad do some of the editings!

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