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! This year, teams in the following categories will be able to submit their display and presentation for judging prior to the event.
- HPV Secondary
- Energy Efficient Vehicles
- HPV TRYathlon
- Pushcarts (video presentation only)
With the exception of pushcarts, these categories are welcome to submit their Display and Presentation virtually, or by completing a traditional Display and Presentation on-site.
- Please note that HPV Primary teams and TRYathlon Primary teams MUST present in-person at the event.
The aim of the virtual Display and Presentation is not to showcase media or short-film skills, but to present student’s journey across the year in a fun and creative way. Teams will not be judged on their media skills, but on the various criteria set for Display and Presentation, which you can find in this year’s handbook.
To help out teams putting together a virtual Display and Presentation this year, our Pushcarts and Robotics co-ordinator, Rob Higgins, has put together some handy tips and tricks to help you get the best score possible.
- Energy Breakthrough is about the students, and the Display and Presentation should showcase the student’s work. Teachers can help with technical skills, but students should write, produce, direct, and perform themselves.
- Creativity is encouraged, we encourage teams to step outside a traditional presentation of facts or a newsreel, and instead see how they can creatively showcase their work throughout the year.
- Be unique! We often see schools with multiple teams do the same presentation. We encourage each team to let their personality shine through and create their own, original presentation.
- Document the process, take photos and videos from throughout the year to include in your display and presentation. That way, the judges can see how your team has developed throughout the year.
- Show what’s really going on. Rather than talking directly to the camera, show us some actions shots of the teams getting into it. Maybe students are getting their trike or pushcart race-ready, or out on a team bikeride. Show us what you’ve been up to!
- Be original. Our judges love original content, come up with something different from last year. Each year’s journey is different, show us how.
- Tell us a story. Can you come up with a unique story or theme to add to your presentation? In the past we’ve seen everything from Masterchef, Farmer Wants a trike, and The Block themed presentations.
- Stick to the time limit! Puscharts presentations are limited to 4 minutes, and all others to 15 minutes (including 10 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes of impromptu questions). Penalties will apply for presentations that go over time.
- Ensure everyone participates. Every person in the team is equally important to your team’s success. Make sure that everyone participates equally.
- Have fun! One of the most important aspects of the Energy Breakthrough is fun. The more fun you’re having, the better your presentation.
For an example of what a great presentation looks like, check out last year’s winners, Jells Park Primary School, with their presentation ‘How to build a pushcart’.