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Kevin's latest blog: Stand with Ahmed by Building Your Own Clock

By now you've probably seen this picture going around the internet:


This is a 14 year old named Ahmed Mohamed being arrested for bringing a clock that he made into school. Apparently a teacher thought it was a bomb and called the cops.

This brought up a lot of controversy: Was the teacher racist? Why such a strong reaction?

A twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed sprung up, and a ton of famous people tweeted about it, including:

  • President Obama: "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."
  • Chris Hadfield: "Hi @IStandWithAhmed ! I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you."
  • NASA: "We're supporters of #STEM & inspiring kids like Ahmed to pursue their dreams. Get involved:"

I try not to be too political or even personal here, but this clock issue gets at the core of Static Void Games: I started this just because I needed a place to host my own dumb little personal projects, but my "vision" is the hope that it grows into a place where kids (and adults!) like Ahmed can come to learn about things that excite them without worrying about being judged for being too nerdy, or not nerdy enough, or the wrong kind of nerd.

I love learning about new things, I love writing tutorials for other people that get excited about programming, and I love the idea of helping people in the same way that other people have helped me. You don't have to be rich to learn how to program (I wasn't!). You don't have to be a genius to learn how to program (I'm not!). You just have to get excited about learning new things.

I want Static Void Games to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, because that's how programming should be. We don't care what color you are, what gender you are, how old you are, where you're from, or whether you indent code using tabs or spaces. Want to learn? Cool. Let's talk about what we're excited about.

With all of that in mind, I wrote a little tutorial that teaches you how to build (er, program) a clock:

How to Build a Clock


I wrote this tutorial for people who don't know anything about programming- so if you're curious about how code works, this is a perfect place to start. I also included a ton of more involved project ideas for more experienced programmers at the bottom. (I can't wait to see a Dog Years clock!)

So, whether you want to show solidarity with Ahmed, or protest dumb zero-tolerance policies, or just tinker with your own clock project, I invite you to go through the tutorial and upload your own clock!

If you have any questions about the tutorial, or just want to talk about stuff you're excited about, come say hello in our forum!

Happy coding,