Avye Couloute

Founder of Girls Into Coding and Forbes 30 Under 30 - 2022

I am the founder of the Girls Into Coding organization. We provide opportunities for girls aged 10 to 14 to engage with hands-on physical computing, coding, robotics, & 3D printing activities.

I am a student. I design my own robots. I lead the online Robotics workshop at our Girls Into Coding events. I send the robotic kits to the participants prior to the event. On the day of the event, together we build and code the robot via Zoom.

I love to share my skills and experiences with others and I love to see the joy on the participant's faces when they complete their project.

As I am a student, I spend most of my time at school.

I started coding and attending physical computing workshops at aged 7. These workshops introduced me to Scratch (a block-based visual programming language), the micro:bit (a pocket-sized micro-controller), and the Raspberry Pi computer. I loved how I could use code to move things on the screen or to control electronic components. The workshops 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 adult mentors. I soon took on the responsibility for preparing & leading my own for CoderDojo and other community events. I soon became aware that the majority of attendees at my workshops were boys and so, two and a half years ago I founded ‘Girls into Coding’ to get more girls into tech. Girls Into Coding offers girls aged 10-14 an opportunity to explore Coding, physical computing, robotics, & 3D printing.

My mission is to get more girls interested in tech. My aim is to reach at least 1,000 girls/year.

I like to play football, I enjoy being a member of my local swim squad, and I like to spend time with my friends. I like to explore & learn about coding & technology, make things, and design new robots.

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. ~ Rosa Parks