Our Programs

Meeting students where they are, MINDDRIVE tries to unlock creative potential through two primary programs, Automotive Design Studio and Digital Art & Design. These programs occur for four hours each Saturday for 30 weekends during the school year offering a safe space for relationships between students and mentors to develop, enriching the lives of both. These important connections raise the social capital our students leave the program with that will help them in their future endeavors.


Automotive Design Studio

Students work in small teams with mentors from the community. They will learn the basics of how to use tools to help them design and fabricate. Projects range from full automotive restoration and electric vehicle retrofitting, to the design, build and racing of smaller Electrathon racecars.


  • Metal Fabrication & Welding
  • Woodworking
  • Design, Build & Race

Digital Arts & Design

Students are tasked with the production of events and communications from the organization, students will code, shoot, edit, draft, print, film and fly in order to create deliverables that help tell the story of MINDDRIVE.


  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Digital Photo & Video
  • Design, Code & Build


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Drones, Cameras, 3D Printing, CAD, Welding, Coding & Design.
We’ve got a little bit of everything.

Evening Classes

In our growth, we’ve gone from offering one class to seven students in 2009 to offering 6 classes to serve 125+ students. These courses are taught by professionals in their field and offer a true pathway toward career development and job skill training.


Accelerate, Graphic Design, Welding & Fabrication, Video Production, Design in 3D, Shop 2.0

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A new addition to MINDDRIVE’s classes is Accelerate, a career readiness course that culminates in a paid internship for participating students. Students who have participated in at least one MINDDRIVE program previously are invited to enroll in this class that exposes them to a variety of career options. Students are guided to pay special attention to the annual salaries of the careers and the growth rate for those jobs in Kansas City. From there we dive into financial literacy and preparation for job search, application and interviewing skills.

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A supportive family atmosphere is quickly formed between mentors and students as they work shoulder to shoulder during our 32-week program. They work hard and support each other, even though they are
basically strangers at the start.

“Mentors are like the best part of MINDDRIVE.” – Luis

Application Information & Instructions

Obtain a copy of the 2017-18 Application Packet,
available for download here: MINDDRIVE 2017-18 Application.pdf
Review the Course Schedule and determine which course/s you would like to apply for, available here: MINDDRIVE 2017-2018 Course Schedule
Fill out the Commitment Application and the Authorization, sign, and return to MINDDRIVE or your school point-of-contact. The Application and Authorization must be signed by your parent/guardian.

As previously stated, applications can be returned to your school point-of-contact or mailed and/or delivered to:

Schedule an interview with MINDDRIVE by contacting us directly or your school point-of-contact.
A MINDDRIVE representative will contact you and your family to notify you of enrollment.

An interview is required only for the Saturday program (courses MDS710 & MDS610). The interview is designed to give the student an opportunity to express their interest in being apart of the MINDDRIVE core program while giving MINDDRIVE the opportunity to explain the commitment required of the student. All students who are interested should apply!

Select Class/es (required)
MDS710—Automotive Design StudioMDS620—Digital Art and DesignMDN530—Introduction to Welding & FabricationMDN420—AccelerateMDN621—Graphic DesignMDN110—Introduction to Robotics with ArduinoMDN711—Automotive Design (Shop) 2.0MDN721—Drone FPV RacingMDN623—Stop Motion AnimationMDN112—Programming Robotics with Rasp. PiMDN624—Premier Pro Video Production

Saturday 9am-1pm | October 7, 2017 – May 26, 2018
Hands-on project-based 30-week course that will expose students to metal fabrication, electric vehicle systems, steering design, braking, automotive design, rolling-resistance, robotics, synthetic molding, and much more in a mentor-based team environment. Learn about cutting-edge technologies while working on or building electric cars!
Saturday 9am-1pm | October 7, 2017 – May 26, 2018
Students will design, shoot, edit, draft, print, and produce digital art in meaningful ways during this 30-week mentor-assisted course. Learn to use, design, and create using digital tools like Adobe Creative Suite, Drone Photography, and 3D printers.
October 10th—May 29th, 2018 | Wednesday 5-7pm
Learn the basics of metal fabrication and begin welding in our fully-equipped welding studio. Students are introduced to and taught the various types of welding including Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), and Metal Arc welding. Mentors participate along with students to design and create pieces for our annual Art Garage design showcase. Our instructor has years of experience as a professional Iron Worker and is passionate about working with young adults.
Tuesday 5-7pm | October 10th—May 29th, 2018
Career preparation on steroids. Accelerate prepares students for success after high-school by equipping them with the tools needed to understand career exploration and planning, financial literacy, and the various skills needed to find success in the workplace or college. Accelerate invites professionals into the classroom to help students navigate the complexity of planning for a future. After students complete this 28-week program and determine which career fields align best with their passions, they are awarded with a paid summer-internship in one of their chosen career fields.
Thursday 5-7pm | October 10th—December 19th, 2017
In this course, students will get hands-on experience in Adobe’s Illustrator and InDesign. They will create a personal brand as well as design work typical for real world clients. Students will finish with a portfolio that includes different printing techniques, typography, vector, and raster artwork.
Tuesday 5-7pm | January 9th—March 13th, 2018
Students will design and construct robots which are driven by a microcontroller. This course will expose them to the basics of modeling, design, planning, and control of robot systems using the Arduino open-source platform. It is designed to introduce the Arduino hardware and programming environment, and to get students started on building projects.
Thursdays 5-7pm | January 9th—March 13th, 2018
This course is for students who cannot make our Saturday program or who want to continue to develop their skills in the shop. Students will work together in small teams on projects involving electric vehicle systems, steering design, braking, and automotive design.
Wednesdays 5-7pm | January 9th—May 29th, 2018
FPV racing is an exciting new sport that combines high-tech drones and high-speed racing. First person viewer/video (FPV) drone racing is a motorsport type where participants control “drones” (typically small radio-controlled aircraft or quadcopters), equipped with cameras while wearing head-mounted displays showing the live stream camera feed from the drones. Similar to full size air racing the goal is to complete a set course as quickly as possible. This course will introduce students to the cutting edge technology involved in drone building/racing, the science behind how it all works, and provide them access to learn and practice their drone racing skills.
Thursdays 5-7pm | January 9th—March 13th, 2018
Stop-motion animation has a long history in Hollywood, from films like King Kong to Coraline. This course will help students create their own short stop-motion films while introducing them to how stop motion works, designing concepts, lighting the environment, directing the animation, working with filters and color, video editing techniques, and much more.
Tuesday 5-7pm | March 27th—May 29th, 2018
Next level micro-controlled robotics introduces students to advanced robotics and controls. This course will expose them to the basics of python programming and linux commands. Students will design and build a robot controlled by a raspberry pi device.
Thursdays 5-7pm, March 27th—May 29th, 2018
From beginner to advanced, this course can help students learn to create compelling video. Using the Adobe Premier Pro nonlinear editing software, students will create a video and learn capturing, editing, special effects, graphics, titles, and final production. They will also be introduced to expanded workflow, importing media, introducing music and sound effects, and creating transition.