Whilst we admire and acknowledge EVERYONE who participates in the Energy Breakthrough, there are some teams who have displayed extraordinary levels of determination, innovation and imagination.
Through our series of eight ‘Special Awards’, we salute those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ and admire their passion and energy. These Awards are rarely won by the biggest, the fastest or those first across the line, but through them we seek to encourage and reinforce the aims of the Energy Breakthrough, to encourage hands-on learning and teamwork.
McCulloch’s Engineering Prize for School-Based-Built Vehicles
For 2018, we are excited to announce a NEW award, sponsored by McCulloch’s Engineering in Bendigo, which aims to encourage and reward school-based design and construction.
The McCulloch’s Engineering Prize for School-Based-Built Vehicles will be open to teams of students in Year 7 to Year 12, entered in the HPV and EEV categories. Vehicles constructed by commercial or professional builders will be excluded from consideration for this Award and teams will be invited to self-nominate themselves for consideration for this Award during Design & Construction assessment.
This Award will recognise a team who has built the majority of their vehicle at school and completed at least 500km during the 24-hour trial. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel.
The McCulloch Connection
The leadership team at McCulloch’s Engineering have had a long-standing personal respect and connection with the Energy Breakthrough. Over the past twenty years, many of the McCulloch family and their staff have either directly participated or supported local schools in their efforts. They have loved the ‘hands-on’ nature of the challenge, combined with the teamwork and the trial elements.
Build Vs Buy
We at the Energy Breakthrough are well aware of the significant trend away from schools ‘building’ to schools ‘buying’ vehicles over the past decade, and we are also very aware of the factors behind this trend, too.
These factors include increasing pressure on teacher time, reducing program budgets, changes to the way technology is taught in schools, the retirement of the many of previous generation’s highly skilled ‘Trade/Tech’ teachers, and even ‘school marketing’ pressures to ‘win’ or to have the ‘sleekest’ vehicle on the grid.
We hope that with the introduction of this Award that we can – in a small way – continue to encourage and recognise the effort, innovation and hands-on learning of students.
But what about the seven other Awards on offer? What do they mean? And what is their history?
Well, we’re glad you asked! Here’s our summary of Special Awards on offer: