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MindDrive's 1967 Karmann Ghia Electric Vehicle, "Powered" by Social Media, Now on its way to Washington, DC
MindDrive’s 1967 Karmann Ghia Electric Vehicle, “Powered” by Social Media, Now on its way to Washington, DC

The best way to keep kids out of trouble is to give them something constructive to do. MindDrive, this year, is helping at-risk teens to build an electric vehicle.

They’re starting with a beautiful car, the 1967 Karmann Ghia, which is getting an electric vehicle conversion. By taking part in the MindDrive project, teens are learning math, science, electrical and mechanical theory, as well as gaining valuable life experience. The car started out “in pretty rough shape,” but is being completely restored by the students in Kansas City.

One of the interesting things about this 1967 Karmann Ghia electric vehicle is the way they’re using it to promote MindDrive. They’ve outfitted the car with a system that monitors how much social media it gets. The more tweets, likes, and shares the car gets, the further it drives. Right now, it’s on a trip from Kansas City to Washington, DC.

At the moment, MindDrive’s car is on the road, powered by tweets and shares to get all the way to Washington to spread the word about programs like MindDrive that help students learn by doing. Here are some links to help them on their way and check out their site for more information.

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