Well, the flurry of 'Entry Open Days' has come and gone for 2019. So, now that we're at the of Term 1 ... what's the wash-up? Event Director, John Stafford, shares his take.
The countdown is on to National Ride2School Day - Friday 22 March - where Energy Breakthrough schools and students can join more than 350,000 students across the nation who will ride, walk, scoot and skate to school.
The Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) are currently developing a sustainability plan to ensure the ongoing success of the Energy Breakthrough event in Maryborough. The Council have commissioned consultants ARC Ventures to undertake research to help develop this plan. ARC Ventures have launched an open invitation for volunteers and local residents to have their say on the Energy Breakthrough event in Maryborough through two surveys: one for volunteers and another for residents of Maryborough and district.
The 2019 Energy Breakthrough Schools Handbooks are now available to download! The different Handbooks offer key information for each of the categories: Innovations In Technology, Pushcarts, Human Powered Vehicles, TRYathlon and Energy Efficient Vehicles.
Calling all teachers: do you have curriculum resources that you use to support student's learning through the Energy Breakthrough? Yes! Great! We'd love to hear about what you use and how you use it with the hope that we can share these curriculum resources and ideas across all of the 155 schools that participate in the EB program each year. It's all part of our "Curriculum Resource Round-Up" being led by program partner, the Country Education Partnership, which will feature a Webinar on Thursday 9 May 2019.
We're gearing up for a very busy 2019, and we hope that you are, too! The Energy Breakthrough team have been exploring a number of new workshops and webinars that will deepen students learning opportunities and improve support for Team Managers, teachers and their schools in 2019. Check out all the key dates you should be putting in your diary / calendar / app / noticeboard for 2019:
Co-ordinating partners, the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) and the Country Education Partnership (CEP), have confirmed the event will roll back into Maryborough from Wednesday 20 November to Sunday 24 November 2019. Get those dates in your diary!
At Weeroona College Bendigo, the Energy Breakthrough is much more than an innovative four-day event, it is a chance to reinforce already strong community ties. The school's program - which began way back in 1999 - had gone through something of a 'dip' in recent years, but it's now bouncing back thanks to a fresh approach which looks beyond the 'Breakthrough.
If you walked by Corner Eight of track one at the Energy Breakthrough this year, you would have come across a policeman and a group of young adults, marshalling the infamous 'crash corner'. These young adults were there day-and-night-and-day for this year’s Breakthrough, and the reason why is pretty special: part community service, part reconnaissance as KidzFlip prepares for a tilt at the Energy Breakthrough in 2019.
For a new school to be participating in the Energy Breakthrough, it can be a pretty daunting experience. But not for newcomers Pearcedale Primary School from the Mornington Peninsula, who are attended their first Energy Breakthrough in 2018.