ABOUT THE ENERGY BREAKTHROUGH
The Energy Breakthrough is a joint initiative of the Country Education Partnership (CEP) and the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC).
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 program is unique in that all teams must compete across three areas of assessment: Design and Construction, Display and Presentation and Trials.
The Energy Breakthrough isn’t just a once-a-year event. School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test machines within detailed specifications.
The program encourages participants to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach.
These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in Victoria for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Program aims to …
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.
What We’re About
We are a non-profit community organisation that brings together education, local government and industry into collaborative partnerships, together fostering confident, competent and socially aware young people, ready to make difference in today’s world.
We engage school communities across Australia and bring tourism, economic, and social benefits to regional Victoria, through our active learning program and event.
To inspire young Australians to embrace learning, be creative and innovative, and drive change through the power of collaboration; to celebrate human endeavour and achievement, to respect and care for the environment and our communities.
What We Believe
Curiosity, creativity, collaboration and human endeavour will always lead to innovative breakthroughs that benefit the wellbeing of humanity; and that young people are the future custodians of our Earth.
What We Deliver
The best active learning program and event for primary and secondary schools that aligns with the national education policy.
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A MULTI-AWARD WINNING EVENT
In recognition of its tourism success, the Energy Breakthrough has been awarded the Australian Tourism Awards and Victorian Tourism Awards on multiple occasions.
The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s peak Awards, recognising and promoting excellence in tourism.
First established by the Federal Government in 1985, the Australian Tourism Awards are now owned and managed by Australian Tourism Awards Inc, on behalf of the tourism industry. The Energy Breakthrough event was awarded Silver in 2014, and Bronze in 2013.
The Victorian Tourism Awards represent an industry framework for peer recognition which fosters a culture for business development excellence and innovation.
The Awards have assisted the Victorian Tourism Industry for over 30 years in striving for excellence. The Energy Breakthrough event was awarded Gold Winner in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
We’d like to thank our major partners as well all our sponsors past and present in making the Energy Breakthrough a success.