Students drive electric car to promote alternative approaches to education

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Some high school students are embarking on the road trip of a lifetime. They’re driving a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia --  which they rescued, rebuilt and converted to an electric vehicle -- to the nation's capital.

The at-risk students, many of whom were expelled from traditional high schools, will take over the reins from Steve Rees, CEO of the alternative education incubator Minddrive. A retired architect, Rees brought the two-seater from Minddrive headquarters in Kansas City, to Akron, Ohio. The students were flown from Kansas City to Akron, where the racing-tire factory of Bridgestone, a key corporate sponsor of the experiential learning nonprofit, is located.

Now 20 of the 30 students, those with driver's licenses, take turns behind the wheel of the Ghia on their way to Washington, D.C. The entourage includes mentors, a van and a whole lot of support. The centerpiece of their project, the Ghia, is fueled by social media shares.

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