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Education Leaders and Science Experts Stand With Ahmed, Support STEM Learning

Education Leaders and Science Experts Stand With Ahmed, Support STEM in Young Minds

Support continues for Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student in Texas who was handcuffed and arrested for making a homemade clock that his teachers mistook for a bomb despite his assurance otherwise.

Among the many big names who have lent their support and words of encouragement to Ahmed is Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education and avid supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in schools.


The homemade clock that Ahmed brought into school to share with his teachers was complete with circuit boards, a power supply and was build into a pencil case- a project that many in education wish all students would be interested in learning to make.

In addition to the support of education officials such as Duncan, Ahmed has also received the support of science experts who have encouraged Ahmed to keep it up.

"Don't mess with STEM in Texas," tweeted Tumblr founder David Karp.


"Keep building," said Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg with an open invitation for Ahmed to "come by Facebook."

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab also extended various invitations to the young maker to come visit- with one expert, Mike Seibert, offering to show Ahmed how to drive the Opportunity rover.


While officials at Ahmed's school might have overlooked the importance of a young mind with a curiosity on how the world works and a creativity to make things work himself, the rest of the country as well as Education World stand behind him. #IStandWithAhmed

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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