Minddrive 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.
We are an out-of-school educational program that operates from 9:00 until 1:00 on Saturdays during the school year.
Additionally, we offer evening classes in more specialized areas such as welding, CAD, video editing, and innovative design.
Our classes are free to our students. We select our students through an application process. To receive an application, please email Emily Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once our program is full, we will create a waitlist for when a student’s ability to participate changes and an opportunity opens up.
Our Mission Statement
To inspire students to learn through mentoring and project-based learning, to expand their vision of the future, and for them to be a positive influence on the community.
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Here are the highlights from one of our two core programs: Automotive Design Studio. To see more about the other class, Digital Creativity in Communications, click here.
MINDDRIVE’s first car, for program year 2010 was based upon a 2000 Lola Indy chassis. The converted electric car recorded almost 300 MPG equivalent (MPGe) at Bridgestone’s Texas Proving Ground in August of 2010. It participated in Emerging Technology Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 7, 2011. It was one of the featured cars at the Pixar Motorama that June.
The office of the President, Environmental Quality Control Director, Nancy Sutley asked us to provide our data from the tests in Texas. After review, we were presented with an efficiency sticker that claims 296 MPGe, which is what their research supported.
Project Lola continues to be a "media darling" and is invited to many events. Anyone is welcome to come and visit Lola and our other cars at the MINDDRIVE HQ. We are located at 2615 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.Learn more
Designing from the Inside OutEXPAND
Project Reynard was the second version of our prototype car and very similar to Lola. The difference between the two projects is mostly the shape of the body. Also, it's got a spandex fabric skin vs. the clear plastic skin that determines the shape of the body. It's very stealth and batman looking!
This photo shows that it was on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in its prestigous Kirkwood Hall. It's the first time that a car had EVER been on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It was part of the World's Fair Exhibition.Learn more
For the 2011-12 program year, MINDDRIVE'S electrified Lotus Esprit ran a cross-country trip that June, starting out in San Diego, CA and ending up in Jacksonville, FL. The support team had a generator and two chargers that recharged the car in a little over an hour after driving 60 or more miles.
There were 18 students that participated in the trip and at each stop were greeted by other students, technology schools, environmental groups, utility companies and the general public. They made over 24 presentations during our 40-stop trek over the 12-day period.
There is an educational link that spans across the desert, the bayou and both West, East and Southern shores which was created by the stories of our students and their journey, not just with the car but also their lives.Learn more
Karmann Ghia Goes GreenEXPAND
Program year 2012-13 involved bringing a vintage car into the 21st century. This project is the first step in creating a completely restored and converted electric cars from old model Karmann Ghias. This has been completely stripped down, sanded to perfection, painted a subtle “Mossport Green” color, to fit in with the rest of the MINDDRIVE fleet, and then clear coated to perfection.
This conversion includes 30 - 3.2 lithiom ion batteries, allowing for a 70-100 mile range, depending on the speed and the grade. It travels comfortably at highway speeds but probably best at about 55 MPH.
The interior has been fully restored and seatbelts updated. This car is for sale for $25,000! Your purchase will help support the program and help us reach more students in need of a new way of learning.Learn more
Our Family of Karmann Ghia'sEXPAND
For the program year 2013-14, the Automotive Design Studio embarked on repeating the success of the 2012-13 Karmann Ghia project by restoring and converting four more Karmann Ghias. The idea is that each would be immaculate in restoration and configured to be a "neighborhood car", used primarily for in town driving.
Since the cars do not have heating or air conditioning (or a radio), priority was placed on creating efficient and beautiful automobiles that carry the story of the success of our MINDDRIVE students and their mentors.Learn more
Great Humanitarian - A Tribute to Phil Kirk's Passion
Click the link below to view video of our friend, Phil Kirk as he speaks about his commitment to the education of the children of our community and leveling the playing field for all.
Support The Cause
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to MINDDRIVE today! We like to recognize each and every gift as "an investment" in the future generation of innovators and technology leaders. Your support will contribute much more than to your community. Every drop creates a ripple. Our students are rippling along...becoming global citizens of the world.