Whiz-kid Callum creates advanced security system to keep his bedroom door locked
Most teenagers scrawl ‘keep out’ on their bedroom door to deter parents and siblings — but one Dumbarton whiz kid has used his computing genius to protect his den.
Callum Inglis, 17, has built an advanced security system which allows him to lock his door from anywhere in the world.
And tresspassers beware as anyone seeking unauthorised access will be foiled by an alarm - which alerts Callum by email - and a camera that snaps a picture of the culprit in the act.
Callum has already built up reputation as a tech and coding guru - with his teachers at Dumbarton Academy turning to him for technical support.
He built his own server in his room, constructed a drone and even put his skills to the test in the professional world building websites and aps for organisations.
Callum, who lives in Miller Street with his parents Emily and Crawford and younger siblings Jennifer, 13, and Thomas 11, hopes to one day travel the world using his skills.
He has his sights set on studying computer science at university, and says he still has a lot he wants to learn: “I really enjoy teaching myself and trying to figure out how things work and I know there is still so much for me to learn which I am looking forward to.
“I like that I am treated like a professional and it has helped build my confidence as I am in contact with people and working with them to help them set up their own websites. I would love to work as a freelance one day and travel the world. That would be the dream or me.”
Callum’s passion for computing began when he was just 10 years old after receiving his first computer from Raspberry Pi – an educational programme which encourages young people to get involved with computer science.
He explained: “From there I started just making a few basic websites while I was still in primary school. I had always been interested in computers but didn’t really know how to do anything with it so this opened up a lot of doors for me.
“And once you know the basics of computer languages, it’s easier to build your knowledge and Raspberry Pi simplifies the language and makes it easier to learn.”
Callum went on to build his own server in his bedroom during his second year of high school and later built a flying drone using the skills he taught himself.
Now in S6, he is building a professional portfolio and has begun helping local organisations and businesses such as Vale of Leven Golf Club and Bellsmyre Digital Club kick start their own website designed completely by Callum.
His skills were picked up on during a coding workshop with the Bellsmyre Digital Club and resulted in Callum being asked to attend work experience at award winning company Screen Media, where he even helped develop an app for the NHS.
He added: “I learned so much while I was there, it was a great opportunity to see how the skills I have taught myself can be used is the commercial world.”
With less than a year left at high school, the staff at Dumbarton Academy say they will be sad to see Callum go.
Depute head teacher Graham MacKay said: “I have been Callum’s year head for three years and it has been fantastic getting to know him and watch ing his skills grow and develop.
“I’m sure he will go on to do great things and I know some of the teachers who turned to him for technical help will be sad to see him go.”
•To read more about Callum’s work, visit his website on www. calluminglis.com
Callum’s creation Skills Callum Inglis has a bright future in the computer science world