American presidents and scientists have lamented over the years that American students are falling behind in science, math and technology. President Obama emphasizes this on education and technology. The STEM program is pushing to encourage high school students and even babies to consider science and technology as a major and a top priority in their education. Once upon a time, the United States led the world in space exploration and engineering. NASA is still regarded as one of the best space agencies in the world. However its no longer the only agency exploring the universe. NASA and space technology relies heavily on a team of engineers, technicians, physicists, etc to keep its programs and ideas growing.
Engineers are greatly important to many technological advancements and in everyday life. Alongside the mathematicians, engineers have made sure that mistakes are as minimal as possible with every product big and small that's produced. Ahmed Mohammad, the 14 year old Sudanese American from Irving, TX wants to be an engineer. He is follow in the footsteps of the adult engineers who work day and night to create their own homemade products and prototypes. In his case, Ahmed built a homemade clock and carried it in a plastic suitcase. Anyone who has built clocks or fixed jewelry knows that both materials' extra pieces require a toolkit or carrying case to keep everything safe. Ahmed was following the same rule of thumb. He was so excited to show his new creation to his teacher and class for the class' show and tell. His parents are certainly proud. His teacher surprised him not with elation but mistook Ahmad's clock for a bomb. To add insult to injury he was handcuffed in front of his classmates and held by police to the shock of his parents and the nation. There have been random bomb threats made against a lot of schools in the past across the United States. Students know the consequences of carrying any weapons or a faux explosives to school. No school kid would even think of carrying a disgusted weapon to their campuses. However, a teacher or any school staff that works with engineering students should be able to tell the difference between a homemade clock, an explosive or carrying case. Ahmed and his parents are trying to understand why he went through the ordeal of being arrested by the police and accused of making a bomb. The fact that Ahmed and his parents are Sudanese American Muslims is not being overlooked by anyone. In spite of the fear, President Obama came to the defense of Ahmed calling his clock cool and saying America needed more engineers. Ahmed's local community also came to his defense and his parents remain proud of their engineering son. He was recently made the VIP at a local Google Science Fair. Sadly, there has been backlashed against the poor kid. Sarah Palin . Time Magazine called Obama's support for Ahmed hypocritical. The famed evolutionary biologist Richard Darwkins question Ahmed's motives for building the clock.