Texas "Clock Kid" to move to Qatar

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Washington. Mohamed is in Washington for a visit to the White House for White House Astronomy Night.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the teen who was arrested over bringing a clock to school which school officials mistook for a bomb, announced Tuesday that they will be moving to Qatar.

In a statement, the Mohamed family said, "After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization's on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity."

Ahmed is quoted as saying, "I was really impressed with everything that Qatar Foundation has to offer and the campuses are really cool. I got to meet other kids who are also really interested in science and technology. I think I will learn a lot and also have lots of fun there."

The announcement of Ahmed's decision comes one night after Ahmed attended the White House event Astronomy Night which he was invited to, personally, by the president.

President Obama hosted Astronomy Night at the White House Monday night to celebrate space, featuring budding scientists, teachers and astronauts.

Mohamed met scientific stars like astronaut Alvin Drew before taking his seat to hear President Obama, who spoke of the importance of cultivating and encouraging those "glimmers of curiosity and possibility, not suppress them, not squelch them."

Afterward, the president and Mohamed chatted briefly, in an encounter that capped an amazing odyssey. Mohamed called it a short but "very long journey in the experience of learning."

"I learned that people would always be there to support you when there's injustice," Mohamed said. "There's a ton that I learned ... I'm trying to get a message of how you shouldn't judge a person by what they look like. You should always judge a person by their heart."

Just over a month ago, Mohamed brought a crude digital clock he constructed at home to school. His English teacher thought the contraption might be a bomb. Mohamed said as soon as he saw "her eyebrows go up," he knew was in trouble. He was arrested and suspended from school.

Mohamed's innocent motive behind his clock was to impress his engineering teacher, "but instead, I impressed the world," he said.

Tech executives rallied to Mohamed's cause and President Obama took to Twitter to praise his innovative spirit - one Mohamed said might make a difference in space.

"We talked about Mars and 2030 and I talked to him about the generator that I'm making and how it could help people on Mars," Mohamed said of his conversation with the president.