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Anchor Lead: A team of at-risk Kansas City high school students just launched a California road trip in a car they converted from gasoline to electric power.
Randy Atkins: The students’ journey began when they were selected for the hands-on automotive project called MINDDRIVE. Each showed promise in school, but came from a troubled environment. On Saturdays, though, they’re with role models.
Linda Buchner: The students work shoulder to shoulder for 32 weeks with people that are professionals in the community.
Randy Atkins: Linda Buchner, MINDDRIVE’s president, says they don’t talk much about career paths though, or class subjects…these young people discover through working on the real engineering challenges of creating an electric vehicle.
Linda Buchner: All of a sudden math makes more sense to them, or they care about it more, because they understand the application on a car.
Randy Atkins: This week the students will be sharing that knowledge with audiences along the path of their west coast trip. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.