The students previously worked on the Lola EV but this year the focus was on a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Well, restored and then converted to electric power. In early June, almost 50 Minddrive students and mentors flew from Kansas City to California to visit the epicenter of electric vehicles in the US on something called the "Raise Your Hand Tour." Filmmakers Mark Honer and Kelly Creech from DHTV Digital were along for the ride. The videos below show the students flying from to Oakland, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, presenting the Karmann Ghia at the California Academy of Sciences and then visiting the Monterey Bay EV Club, Google, Twitter and Telsa.
The focus was on a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Well, restored and converted to electric power.
All of this EV engagement apparently worked. One of the students, identified only as Xavier, wrote a poem and essay about what the electric vehicle project meant to him. Here's a tease: "Minddrive has honestly opened my eyes to sights and things I would have never thought possible. I have finally found the right path to follow." Read the whole thing below, after the videos.
Always thought that power was given to people with a big bank.
Never could imagine that my life would be amazing.
Felt that my whole existence was around the weed blazing.
This is my life, you see it's at the end.
The sad fact about it was that it had only just begun.
This is how I felt living in the ghetto streets in Kansas City, Missouri. People looked down on you, never giving you a glimmer of hope. The needs of other people always came before you because you're never going to amount to anything. I always heard that 'Oh, you'll be in jail, a druggie, dope seller, or six feet under.' Truly, I felt alone and in the dark about a lot of things. I didn't know what to do. Then I met up with MINDDRIVE and suddenly I didn't feel lonely. No longer did I feel like I was in the dark. I felt like I actually belonged somewhere. MINDDRIVE has honestly opened my eyes to sights and things I would have never thought possible. I have finally found the right path to follow.
I've learned a lot with MINDDRIVE: how to make friends, how to have fun, how to enjoy myself, and how to find out who I truly am. MINDDRIVE has been such an amazing teacher and a good friend. I never would have thought a program like MINDDRIVE existed in Kansas City. I'm going to be really sorry to have to say goodbye to MINDDRIVE. I've made solid connections and greater friends. I owe MINDDRIVE a lot and when I come back I intend to pay the debt owed." - Xavier
Xavier is a 2014 MINDDRIVE graduate and has enlisted in the Army. He will be leaving for Basic Training in July.