You may have read about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year old boy who was arrested Monday for bringing a clock to school. Ahmed built his own digital clock out of spare parts on Sunday night and brought it to school on Monday to show his Engineering teacher. He was arrested – wearing his NASA shirt – after his English teacher claimed it “looks like a bomb.”
Join us in standing with Ahmed and promoting Engineering in schools on Thursday night by making your own DIY clock. Browse our junk drawers, grab some LEDs, and slap together your best Improvised Timekeeping Device. We have plenty of soldering irons and there will be people around to help out if you’re new with electronics. Philosophers will also be on hand if you have trouble with the concept of time itself.
Follow Ahmed’s situation on Twitter.
Craft Night is one of NYC Resistor’s weekly open-to-the-public nights. We’ll be there from about 6:30 p.m. until time stops making sense, at 87 3rd Ave (and Bergen Street) in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ave / Barclays Center subway stop.
For my little attempt to deal with the technology education issue (kids and adults) I have started ahmedsclock.org. It’s pretty rudimentary right now. If anyone feels like contributing content, or being an admin, I could use all the help I can get.