Ahmed Mohamed became an overnight celebrity last month when the clock-building 14-year-old was taken from his Texas high school in handcuffs. His teachers, remember, suspected his clock might be a bomb.
The incident inspired a social media-fueled conversation about racial and religious prejudice. In less than a month, he's been lauded by national leaders, attracted more than 113,000 followers on Twitter and an invite from a postdoctoral fellow to visit MIT, his "dream school."
Now, another Cambridge institution is honoring the young "tinkerer." The Cambridge Public Library announced it's hosting a "Stand with Ahmed" clock-building workshop on Oct. 24.
Participants in dual workshops at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. will get the chance to build clock circuits using tech teaching tools called littleBits, according to a release. The new experiment-friendly gadgets are a recent addition to the library.
"Science and technology are the currency of our city. We’re thrilled to offer this opportunity to our budding tinkerers," said Libraries Director Susan Flannery in a statement.
Kids 10 to 18 are invited to attend. Online registration opened Oct. 5. To sign up, email Communications Librarian Luke Kirkland: firstname.lastname@example.org.