In Kansas City, Mo., high school students enrolled in the after-school program Minddrive are building an electric car. They meet three times every two weeks. They started with a decade-old Reynard Champ Car, and have turned it into an electric vehicle that will drive from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Diego, Calif., over their spring break. Every 100 miles, they will stop to recharge the car and meet with other students to talk about electric vehicles.
The extra awesome part of this program is that it's targeted to students that haven't been thriving in traditional classrooms. In Minddrive, they learn actual skills like design, welding, electrical engineering, marketing, and environmental responsibility. The idea is to engage the students with the real world and the future in order to get them more interested in their regular old classes. Plus, they get to make a car and … ROAD TRIP!