Kids build the darndest cars

The buzz at the the recent Philadelphia Auto Show focused on a car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon, running on soybean biodiesel fuel.

Soybeans

The innovative design didn't come from any car company--it came from five students at West Philadelphia High School, who built it as an after-school project.

According to a report on CBSNews.com, the project not only produced a car, it helped turn struggling kids earning C's and D's into straight-A students.

"If you give kids that have been stereotyped as not being able to do anything an opportunity to do something great, they'll step up," teacher Simon Hauger told CBS.

Blog community response:

"What I find enlightening in this news article and video, is that a group of troubled high school students that everyone else had given up on were responsible for building a vehicle that can run completely on fuel derived from vegetable oil."
--Rants, Raves and Intriguing Topics

"Some amazing stuff there. I think they hit the nail on the head when they said 'Why didn't someone else do this already?'"
--The Guido

"The sad thing is that some of the students who made the damn car don't look old enough to drive it legally."
--Good For More Than Just Porn

 

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