American teen Ahmed Mohamed made international headlines after he was arrested earlier this week for bringing a homemade clock to school. The 14-year-old Texan brought his creation to show his teacher, who mistook it for a bomb.
The incident generated a social media firestorm – with many people throwing their support behind Mohamed, even starting an #IStandWithAhmed hashtag.
Some of Mohamed’s high profile supporters included US President Barack Obama, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – who invited Mohamed to the White House, Toronto, and Facebook headquarters respectively...
Mohamed’s creativity and ingenuity provide a great reason of why it is important to support young makers by providing them with encouragement and access to technology resources and training...That's for sure. Fingers crossed, though, that this isn't the kind of technological resource/training they end up accessing.
Update: The madness of PC in America--it's okay to go nuts because of a Pop Tart that's been bitten into a gun-like shape, but don't you dare raise a ruckus about a clock that looks a lot more bomb-like than it does clock-like. Especially if the clock maker is Muslim.