MindDrive is a Kansas City-based nonprofit that uses experiential learning to teach at-risk kids a variety of subjects through the framework of scientific pursuits.
This year, the program’s 21 high school participants built an electric car from the bottom up, starting with the burned-out frame of a 1967 Karmann Ghia. And as their proof of concept, they’re in the process of driving that car all the way to Washington, D.C.
If that weren’t impressive enough, the vehicle is rigged to function only if there’s enough social media buzz about it.
The Arduino hardware installed in the vehicle is attached to the car’s drivetrain; it’s programmed to move forward only when an internal tablet detects enough MindDrive-related social media activity on channels like Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.
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