To help teams prepare for this year’s Energy Breakthrough, La Trobe University will be hosting TWO free preparation sessions on Friday 1st of Nov in Bendigo and Friday 8th of Nov in Bundoora. The sessions will also be live-streamed online via ZOOM to those who register.


Date: Friday, 1 November 2019
Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Venue: La Trobe University, BENDIGO Campus
Location: McKay Lecture Theatre, entry via Sharon St, Flora Hill, 3550
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Date: Friday, 8 November 2019
Times: 10:00 am – 12 noon
Venue: La Trobe University, BUNDOORA Campus
Plenty Rd & Kingsbury Dr, Bundoora VIC 3086
Location: Eastern Lecture Theatre 1
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The BIG question we’ll be looking for clever answers to is:

Can aerobic and vehicle analytics improve EB performance or safety, and how?

The program will differ slightly between each location, but has been carefully curated to support student learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


In Bendigo, there will be a focus on exercise science (including the impact of biometrics, Vo2 capabilities and fatigue on performance and safety.
This session will also feature the release of some new curriculum resources for schools to help them prepare for their Design & Construction and Display & Presentation components for 2019 and 2020.

Bendigo South East Secondary College will have a huamn powered vehicle at the event to help demonstrate in real time ways that a riders’ performance can be measured and tracked.


In Bundoora, the focus will switch to exploring and understanding aerodynamics and friction, including a guided explore of the FARLABS (Freely Accessible Remote Laboratories) wind tunnel project. (Read more about FARLABS here >)


  • IN-PERSON ATTENDEES: Students will be engaged by La Trobe University teaching staff in a series of quick discussions and activities to help them think creatively about what they have seen and heard.
  • LIVESTREAM: For both sessions, teachers who are joining via Livestream (using ZOOM) will have a worksheet provided to them ahead of time for them to guide their own students through the activities at their own schools.

The session will be most appropriate for upper Primary students through to Year 10, although Year 11 and 12s are also welcome.

View the program below and book today!

Welcome Nigel Preston, Education Officer, Energy Breakthrough
Welcome to La Trobe University Rob Stephenson, Head of Bendigo Campus, La Trobe University (LTU)
My Energy Breakthrough Experience Meg Patterson, past Energy Breakthrough participant
& current LTU student
Can aerobic and vehicle analytics improve EB performance or safety, and how? Dr David Hoxley, Physics Lecturer
Dr Russell Anderson, Physics Lecturer
and Special Guests
Energy Breakthrough 2019 Technical Updates and Scrutineering Michael McTigue, Co-Lead Scrutineer, EB (Bendigo Only)
Launch of NEW Classroom Resources Nigel Preston, EB
Launch of NEW VicRoads Rider Preparation Test Nigel Preston, EB
Farewell Nigel Preston, EB

Please note program is subject to change.


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    Workshop Sponsors:

    Energy Breakthrough thanks the La Trobe University for their support of this workshop.