I’m Archie. By day I’m an A’Level student, by night I’m an electronic engineer, hacker, STEM Ambassador, projects ninja, Raspberry Jam organiser, youth tech mentor and hackspacer.
I believe that engineering is a great way to change the world with cool science – and we should encourage and help everyone to learn to use technology and science. Technology is amazing in that it can be both fantastically simple and incredibly useful – but people often don’t know that.
I do lots of projects ranging from code to welding – most lie somewhere in between. Most of my electronics work is with electronics including Raspberry Pi, micro:bit and Arduino. Some of my favourite projects include a fire-breathing pumpkin (built with an electronic air freshener and an old burglar alarm), my desk (which I built at an angle for drawing, and includes a paper roll to sketch crazy ideas on), and my electronics work below.
At the start of the 2017 I co-founded the Young Makers’ Tech Club – a free and informal gathering for 8-18 year olds to come and make friends and learn about tech. The club is held every fortnight at Develop Norwich, and we try and cover everything under the tech spectrum – from code to animation to 3D printing to electronics. If you (or someone you know) is into tech and in Norwich, come along! We’re also hoping to help inspire and support others in setting up their own clubs. More information can be found on the Step into Tech website.
In April 2017, three friends and I founded a company to facilitate further development of a project we’ve been working on for a while: a fall-detecting, relative-alerting alarm for people vulnerable to falling. I have designed the hardware (schematic & PCB) for 3 revisions and a spinoff product, and we hope to go into beta-testing in the near future. We’ve also set up a maker-electronics arm of the business – more on this when we’ve finished what we’re working on!
I like helping people! If you’ve got a creative tech or electronics project you want to discuss, contact me! If I can’t do it, I’ll probably be able to recommend someone who could.