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Girls Into Coding #4 – July 2019

Girls Into Coding #4 – July 2019

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On Sunday the 21st of July, it was time for Girls Into Coding #4! After several days of preparation for this event, I was so excited to be welcomed back to the Microsoft Reactor space. As usual, we delivered three exciting workshops –

3D printing led by Graham Ogunleye who is a Digital Media Consultant. He focuses on 3D design, 3D scanning, 3D printing among other cool things.

There was also a Robot Arm workshop led by Llewellyn Fernandes and Mikel, who have been helping with my events since the beginning. Llewellyn is a computer scientist, a maker and is the founder of Think Create Learn whose objective is to deliver tech courses to students. Mikel is Llewelynn’s son and is also a brilliant coder.

The third workshop was delivered by me (Avye) and involved wheeled robots & sensors.

I can’t believe that we’ve made it to Girls Into Coding number 4. For those of you don’t know this yet, Microfost has kindly offered to sponsor the Girls Into Coding events for a year (this is the second one that they have sponsored so far), helping to provide kits & books to enable girls to continue exploring tech at home and beyond. Thank You So Much!

On the day, slowly but surely all the girls arrived and we were ready to begin. I opened the event by introducing all the mentors and speakers. All the speakers were truly inspirational women and I felt privileged to have them on board for the day.

The Speakers

Simona Cotin
Simona is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft with a passion for teaching & spends her spare time tinkering with JavaScript in the cloud and sharing her experience with other developers at community events.

Shwetal Shah
Shwetal is Passionate about education, empowering others and creating an impact using the power of tech as a force for social change. She has been featured in the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list, is a European Commission Young Leader & a documentary maker.

Marie-Clare Fenech
Marie-Clare is the founder • Director • Creator of Unicornz (with a Z)
Marie-Clare is an advocate of Diversity of Thought, Inclusive Change, Woman Leadership, the evolving Future of Work and is passionate about making the world a better place.

Adaobi Adibe
Adaobi graduated this year with an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree.
She is interested in maximising human potential, the future of work & energy.
Adaobi is also a student Venture Capitalist at Campus Capital, where she leads a team in directing investments for a £2 million-fund for technology companies.

All of the three workshops went really well. There were girls busy making clay models to be scanned with a 3D scanner while waiting for designs to be printed out by quick-moving 3D printers. Others girls were working out how to assemble robots ready to be coded, helping each other along the way – or learning how to programme & use robot arms to lift and then stack small objects. It was great to see how confident and engaged the girls became as they made their way through the workshop tasks.

At the very end, all of the girls received some tech kit & an inspirational book to help them on their journey. It was clear to see that the girls had made a success of the event. What was less obvious was the commitment behind the scenes, in the lead up to the event and on the actual day. With this in mind I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of the mentors (Llewelyn, Mikel & Graham); all of the speakers (Simona, Shwetal, Adaobi & Marie-Clare; The Microsoft Reactor team (Jim, Emily, Adam, Chanel and the rest of the crew); the glamourous volunteers (Mike, Tom & Kevin); my parents (Helene & Phil) and Pimoroni who always supply the girls with cool stickers and stuff. Last but not least, all the parents for supporting their girls’ journey & the amazing girls.

Avye

Hi, my name is Avye and I love making, coding, designing, exploring new technology and swimming! This site is about the things I get to experience, discover and enjoy. Welcome to my world!

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