On Wed., June 5, students from the MINDDRIVE program in Kansas City, Mo., will visit the Hagerstown Community College STEM Building to show off the electric car they modified to run on one very unusual type of fuel: social media.
The students of MINDDRIVE, a nonprofit educational program that aims to teach STEM principles through hands-on learning techniques with projects that inspire the next generation to solve modern issues, restored and converted a 1967 Karmann Ghia into an electric car. The restoration of the Series 2 Karmann Ghia is made fully from sustainable materials.
An Arduino device designed to monitor and capture activity on the social media channels of MINDDRIVE and their sponsors will trigger the motor to engage or not engage depending on the level of social fuel.
There are five ways that social activity will be monitored during the tour: Twitter hashtag, #MINDDRIVE and mentions, @minddriveorg, as well as their sponsor tags and mentions, Facebook likes and shares, Instagram follows, hashtags and shares, YouTube video plays, follows and shares.
Twenty students are participating in the tour, which will journey from the students' home in Kansas City to Washington D.C. Stops are being made at technology centers, college campuses, and at environmental sites such as wind farms. The students will present the MINDDRIVE programs at many of the locations, which helps further develop their public communication skills.
“MINDDRIVE provides students with a learning environment that is based on experiential learning projects that allow in-depth exercises and real-world application of math, science, technology, and environmental relationships,” said Steve Rees, CEO of MINDDRIVE. “The mentors and instructors of MINDDRIVE offer the students an additional voice and role model in their lives. The program gives all of the students a foundation of confidence and an expanded vision of their future that allows them to have a sustainable life.”
The MINDDRIVE tour will visit the HCC campus on Wed., June 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the HCC STEM Building, room 208. Students, staff, faculty, and the public are invited to view the car and the students' presentation.
The tour ends in the nation’s capital with a press conference on Capitol Hill and a briefing hosted by Missouri’s 5th Congressional District Congressman, Emanuel Cleaver. Attendees include the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the STEM Coalition, among others, including their colleagues serving in the House.
For more information on the history of MINDDRIVE, visit: http://minddrive.org/press .