The Energy Breakthrough can be implemented at VCE level as a Product Design & Technology (PD&T) subject, alongside
One school – Bendigo Senior Secondary College – has been implementing subject as a choice at VCE level since the 1990’s.
The class is available to Year 11 students (Units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (Unit 3 and 4) as a separate class, which consists of three contact periods per week : two singles and a double period.
At the beginning of each unit, students select and aspect of the vehicle or pit equipment to design and produce. (i.e. the vehicle is broken up into its individual components and assigned to students.
The same assessments (SAT and SAC’s) are completed as other PD&T students such as woods, metals and textiles and students must produce a folio for assessment.
Through this subject, the students focus on the use of high-end materials such as composites (carbon fibre, Kevlar), aluminium and high grade steels (titanium).
Students investigate high end manufacturing and have been on tours of such facilities, as well as excursions to participate in the Australian Formula One Grand Prix schools STEM-program titled ‘Driving Learning.’
Class members need to collaborate with other students so that the components of the vehicle are compatible and whilst there is an emphasis on students who do the PD&T class have priority in team composition, some choose to be pit crew or support crew at the event.