Car runs on tweets: Kansas City students to drive revamped 1967 Karmann Ghia to Washington, D.C.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Students at a Kansas City after-school program have developed a car that runs on tweets, Facebook likes and other social media interaction, and they're driving it all the way to Washington, D.C.

Students and staff at MINDDRIVE, a program for students from Kansas City's urban core, took a 1967 Karmann Ghia, revamped it to make it electric and installed a machine that reads social media interaction.

Those interactions, which also include tags, posts, likes and views on Instagram and Facebook, allow the car to move forward. The team of students hopes to get enough fuel to get them all the way to Washington.

During their trip, they'll make several stops to share the details of their work and explore various museums and other educational attractions. They plan to leave May 31 and be in Washington by June 6.

MINDDRIVE currently has 30 students enrolled in two different classes from five area high schools. CEO Steve Rees says that number has nearly doubled from just last year and he hopes for further expansion in students and in classes in years to come.

Fuel for their trip can be generated by following and/or mentioning @MINDDRIVE using #MINDDRIVE on Twitter, liking MINDDRIVE on Facebook ( and a variety of other ways.

For more informaton on MINDDRIVE and their Social Fuel Tour 2013, visit

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