What a day for Ahmed Mohammed
I'm trying to mostly focus on the positive aspects of what happened to Ahmed today.
-First and foremost, Ahmed seems determined to continue being creative. A setback coming from a deep misunderstanding didn't stop him. Creativity isn't a straight path, it's a twisted path full of hurdles and difficulties.
-Ahmed found a great balance between working on something on his own (which is a great way to get a more personal relationship with the problems at hand, as a first step toward gaining a deep understanding) and getting advice from someone with more knowledge (which is the best way to get direction and learn faster).
-In the big picture, the broad support for Ahmed sends the strong message that it's OK to be a geek, to be a tinkerer, to be a hacker.
-At a very personal level, I've always struggled with electronics, so I'm looking at Ahmed as a role model, and I'm feeling inspired to get a few components and try to put something together... though I'm probably far from being able to create an actual clock.
-Finally, a question: what role can I play? (Edit: Specifically, what role can I play to help someone in a similar position to Ahmed's, interested in learning?) I can write about what I do, at least when I'm actually doing things, but I wonder what other options I might have.