Since 1991, the Energy Breakthrough has provided opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.

The 2023 Energy Breakthrough event will be held from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of November in Maryborough, Victoria.

The program is unique in that all teams must compete across three areas of assessment:

  1. Design and Construction,
  2. Display and Presentation and
  3. Trials.

The Energy Breakthrough is a joint initiative of the Country Education Partnership (CEP) and the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC).

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Top ten tips for your video Display & Presentation

August 30th, 2023|0 Comments

In 2022, we introduced a new way for students to showcase their work in preparing for the Energy Breakthrough - by allowing students in the puscharts and secondary HPV events to submit their Display and Presentation virtually by video. We received some incredible submissions from our teams last year, so we’ve decided to do it again! Check out our Top ten tips for your virtual Display and Presentation.



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Key information for school leaders


Understand the core of the EB Program


Understand the core of the EB Program


Discover the best parts of the Maryborough region.


Discover the best parts of the Maryborough region.



The Program aims to …
  • Provide an excellent technology project for students from Prep to VCE level

  • Encourage young people to explore solutions to environmental and transport issues
  • Provide an opportunity for schools and communities to work and learn together
  • Provide an opportunity for women and girls to participate in what has traditionally been a ‘male’ dominated area of the curriculum
  • Be a fun program with real world challenges
  • Offer students opportunities to explore and address vehicle design, driving skills and vehicle and passenger safety issues
The Three Program Elements …

Display & Presentation

A 20 minute presentation to judges for team members to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their entry.

Design & Construction

An informal conversation assessing the student’s understanding of the vehicle and the concepts involved in its design and construction.


Thousands of students ranging in age from nine to 19 push, pedal and pilot carts, human powered vehicles and energy efficient vehicles in dynamic tests that can last just a few minutes or as long as 24 hours.

Learn more about the Assessments >


My own children participated in the program over 20 years ago and they still say it is the best thing they did at primary school.
Chris McCallum, Principal, Nathalia Primary School
Each year we get to watch kids surprise us in what they achieve in terms of fitness, self-confidence and drive. We quite often see couch-potatoes develop into active and engaged kids waiting to improve and be involved. Without fail, the Energy Breakthrough changes kids for the better every year.
Roger Byron, White Hills PS - Team Manager
It is a great project that provides a great “vehicle” for getting kids involved in their learning.
Participating Teacher
I have been spreading the word about how amazing the RACV Energy Breakthrough is for over 20 years now. I love that it gives students practical skills that will last them a lifetime. I have all the parts in my shed ready for the next generation of RACV EB participants when my daughters are old enough to reach the pedals. I could not be prouder to watch them line up on the start line.
Participating Teacher
The experience for the children and the whole school community was extremely beneficial and enjoyed by all involved.
Participating Teacher
You cannot come away from the three days in Maryborough with anything but a glow about the value of this project for those students involved.
Participating Teacher
150% give it your time and energy. I’m yet to find something as a young adult that makes me strive for success, feel included and valuable and that’s so enjoyable than the EB. A program that is worth more to us than we will ever know. So much to learn and gain from the EB experience.
EB is definitely one of the best school sporting events in the state and is easily the most enjoyable program I was involved in during my time at school. I think it really brings out the best in students and the friendships you form with your team mates will last a lifetime.
[An] Amazing experience that has so many positive implications on schools, students and communities!

Would recommend everyone to strive to be a part of this experience in some way

The EB is the greatest event I have been personally been involved in, over a number of years. The heavy involvement gives you life long skills in teamwork but also individual responsibility and respect for others. The passion that is created around this event is truely amazing. [It’s] Well worth the blood, sweat and tears that go into this event!
An amazing experience for children that they should jump at the chance to participate if they have the chance.