Please note: applications for the 2012 Holden Mentor Program have now closed. Sign-up for website news updates here to find out when this program and other opportunities open in the future.
The team at Holden is again offering mentors for primary schools with a human powered vehicle entry for this year’s RACV Energy Breakthrough.
The program is a great opportunity for schools to develop a mentorship with an industry leader from Holden and for students to hear what experts are saying about the future of personal transportation and the environment.
To get you in the mood, here’s a great video clip from Holden.tv from the 2011 RACV Energy Breakthrough, including an interview with a Holden Mentor:
What do teachers say about the Holden Mentor Program?
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“So far the students have thoroughly enjoyed the program and love having someone different to offer ideas and information to them. I have enjoyed the program and so have the students.”[/quote]
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“He spoke in a kid-friendly manner and talked about how to take corners on the track, including the best angles to use. He also spoke a lot about safety and helped the students understand the importance of it. He spoke to us about aims, values and preparation, which for a first-time school like us was really, really good.”[/quote]
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“My students have benefited from being able to explain how our vehicle relates to what happens in real life vehicle design.”[/quote]
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“I would recommend the Holden Mentor Program to other schools.”[/quote]
Holden mentors will then communicate with HPV A teams with at least one face to face visit, via e-mail and/or telephone. Holden mentors and school teams may have regular communication throughout terms 3 & 4 in the lead up to the RACV Energy Breakthrough in November.
These conversations and discussions will help prepare teams for the event, particularly the Design & Construction and Display & Presentation components.
Please note: applications for the 2012 Holden Mentor Program have now closed.
Nigel Preston is a self-confessed 'HPV Tragic'. After 'catching the bug' from his older brother, he helped launch the Energy Breakthrough program at Eaglehawk SC with his dad and some mates way back in 1998. Having participated in the EB for four years he finished his VCE in 2001 and volunteering to help with the event management straight away. He's been helping out ever since. Nigel has also been a part of teams that have taken line honours at the EB in 2000 & 2001 (Bendigo Senior SC); the Australian International Pedal Prix 2003, 2004 & 2009 (Bendigo Youth Racing); and the Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix in 2019.