“I am glad that this happened to me,” Ahmed, 14, said.
“I get to spread my word out to the people and tell them it's not about the color of your skin or your religion.”
Ahmed was mistakenly arrested in Irving, Texas, last month after one of his high school teachers thought a homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb.
“You always judge a person by their heart, not by what they look like,” he added.
“No student should face that kind of treatment,” Honda, 74, said.
Honda, a third-generation Japanese-American who said he was bullied about his last name as a kid, offered Ahmed words of encouragement.
“Ahmed, you must continue to stand strong and be proud of where you come from,” he said.
Ahmed also dished on his conversation with President Obama Monday night.
He said he was surprised by how much the president knew about astronomy.
Ahmed’s handlers said the family will soon make an announcement about Ahmed’s schooling. They said he has received offers from schools around the country.