Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy who was wrongly arrested at his school after officials mistook his homemade clock for a possible bomb, got a much friendlier reception on the Google campus.
Ahmed was invited by Google to attend the company’s annual Science Fair on Monday in Mountain View, California. The fair, now in its fifth year, is a global online science and technology competition for teens ages 13 to 18. Ahmed mingled and posed for selfies with science fair participants.
"Curious young scientists, inventors and builders like him should be encouraged and empowered," Mariette DiChristina, editor in chief of Scientific American and chief judge of the Google Science Fair, wrote in a blog post.
Ahmed also got to pal around with Sergey Brinn, tweeting a photo of himself with his right arm draped over the Google co-founder’s shoulder.
Google was among a host of tech companies that invited Ahmed to visit after hearing of his ordeal last week at his high school in Irving, Texas. Ahmed was let go and no charges were filed after it was determined the device he brought to class was a harmless clock.
Ahmed has also been invited to the White House to spend some time with President Obama.
Olivia Hallisey, a 16-year-old sophomore at Greenwich High School in Connecticut, took home the grand prize — $50,000 in scholarship funding — in this year’s Google Science Fair for her project involving a cheap, portable and fast field-detection system for ebola utilizing the properties of silk fibers. You can read about the other winners here.