Powered by Tweets and social media, and built by high school kids, this electric car is not only changing young lives but is being used to transform education – raising awareness for experiential learning programmes like MindDrive.
MindDrive is an after-school programme for at-risk high school kids in Kansas City, USA. What makes MindDrive so groundbreaking is that it places a big emphasis on science-based education, bringing subjects like computer science and engineering within reach of everyone, regardless of their grades or funding. Through hands-on learning MindDrive is inspiring kids who were struggling academically and behaviorally to transform their lives and rediscover the joys of learning and creativity.
Currently MindDrive runs two very exciting programs – an Automotive Design Studio and Contemporary Communications class. As part of these programs, students up-cycled a vintage Karmann Ghia car and kitted it out with an electric motor. They programed the car to use social activity (likes, tweets and shares) as a virtual fuel (governing its power) and rallied the online community to power the car on a journey from K.C. to D.C. where they met with legislators to drive change in education.
The students are also planning to roll the prototype into production—approximately one per month—as for-sale, car kits, which is a means of financially self-supporting the program. Inspiring…