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Students Get A Charge Out Of Visiting Tesla, Google, Twitter

If you need a bit of inspirational EV goodness, spend some time watching the collection of videos we've got for you from Minddrive. Minddrive, as you might remember, is the education mentorship program that "uses real-world issues of our times to teach urban students critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship and how to improve their future by expanding their vision for themselves."

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If you think it's hard to find a plug for your electric vehicle, be glad you don't need to look for a Twitter friend every time you want to drive. But that's the restriction that a group of at-risk high school students built into their electric Kharmann Ghia as they attempt to drive from Kansas City to Washington, DC. The only way the car will move if is they kids gain followers and fans on social media. The team has attached Arduino electronics hardware to the electric vehicle drivetrain and pr

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Minddrive is a non-profit after school program that transforms at-risk Kansas City youth into green automotive designers, engineers and marketers. We featured their Project Lola EV on TRANSLOGIC 78 and now Minddrive has launched a new, innovative campaign to promote their mission called the Social Fuel Tour. The group plans to drive an electrified Volkswagen Karmann Ghia from Kansas City to Washnigton, D.C. powered by "social fuel."

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Some kids from the Show Me State are certainly showing us how it's done with this converted, all-electric Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. In this case, a group of at-risk teens converted one of the classic VW compacts to all-electric power. It was unveiled at the Kansas City International Autoshow last week.

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MindDrive is asking for crowdfunding to get a film produced about at-risk youth driving a converted electric car coast to coast. MindDrive, a nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, MO, works with at-risk high school students in an experiential hands-on way – through building an electric car, for example.

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Last year, TRANSLOGIC visited Kansas City for a behind-the-scenes look at Minddrive, an experiential EV eduction program for at-risk youth. After speaking to the students and driving their Project Lola electric car, we knew to expect great things from this passionate group.

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Minddrive isn't a car that you drive with your mind--it's actually better than that. Minddrive is an after school program for urban kids in the Kansas City area. It started out as a class project with a focus on designing new car shapes. After the kids kept asking to do a real car, Steve Rees (the coolest teacher around) made it happen. And the results were fantastic.

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Taking on challenges that push the boundaries of today's vehicles is something that automotive enthusiasts do – it's human nature.

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