A recipient of The Diana Award’s Legacy Award, Avye Couloute has been one of the most visible young people of recent years inspiring her peers to explore computer coding and tech skills.
Already passionate about coding, it was at the age of seven that Avye became aware of the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
This discovery inspired her to begin to address such female under-representation, including through the organisation of ‘Girls into Coding’ events and facilities workshops, as well as her fundraising efforts to provide textbooks and computer starter kits.
Familiarising girls with the captivating world of STEM
Now 12 years old, Avye has described herself as being “on a mission to create opportunities to empower girls to consider STEM activities, education and careers.”
She has expressed her belief in the importance of girls and women seeing and being aware of other girls and women in STEM. To this end, her ‘Girls into Coding’ events are free to attend, aimed at providing girls aged from 10 to 14 with a secure, dynamic and supportive environment in which to get to grips with coding, physical computing and robotics.
The first ‘Girls into Coding’ event – organised with the help of her parents – took place in the summer of 2018. Its success prompted a series of further events, and Avye has signalled her intention to develop them further, with support from new partners.
A change-maker for young people
However, these events are far from the start and end of Avye’s efforts to get more women and girls into STEM. That’s because she is also noted for her regular coding and tech workshops for CoderDojo at Kingston University, her demonstrations at tech events, and her own blog at 10tonolimit.com.
All of this is without even touching on her status as a Gen Arm 2Z ambassador working collaboratively with other ambassadors and Arm mentors, and her own robot-making and designing of her own kits. That’s what we call a busy 12-year-old.
We have no doubt that there’s so much more to come from Avye – and everyone on the Vitabiotics and Wellkid team is excited to see where her efforts to expand female representation in STEM take her next. She has certainly proved herself a more than worthy Legacy Award recipient!