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November 2018

Electrifying beginning to a new era of the Energy Breakthrough

By |November 25th, 2018|Event Report, Pushcarts|

The 2018 Energy Breakthrough began a new era with a fresh, friendly, education-first approach. Program partners, the Country Education Partnership and the Central Goldfields Shire Council, were joined by sponsors the Department of Education Victoria, Vic Roads, La Trobe University, Central Highlands Water, True Foods in delivering an outstanding edition in Maryborough over five days. The Maryborough and the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) community responded to the challenge of providing more volunteers to ensure the event not only survived, but thrived. It was an electrifying finish to the 24-Hour Trial for secondary school teams with defending champions Girton Grammar School having a throttle failure with five minutes before the chequered flag.

Super Saturday – Catch Up on All Things Pushcarts and HPV A Related!

By |November 24th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Our Primary School HPV teams were back down on the VicRoads Track nice and early this morning for the restart of their 14 hour trial after being on compulsory breaks overnight.  The day also kicked off nice and early for our Pushcart teams who took part in their Sprints down on the front straight of Track 1. 

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TRYathlon – Practice Results (2018)

By |November 23rd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Get 'em while their HOT. Practice Results from the Human Powered Vehicles A category for 2018 and it was White Hills Primary School (Class A2) lead the way with a 1 minute 49 second lap, just one second ahead of Avenel PS (Class A1).

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Day 2 – Pushcarts & HPV Class A (Primary) … And They’re Off & Racing

By |November 23rd, 2018|Event Report, Generally Newsworthy|

Our second official day of the 2018 Energy Breakthrough saw our newly named VicRoads Track come alive with our Pushcart Teams taking to the track for their Endurance Event. But ... it was midday that everyone on the VicRoads Track was waiting for. With the assembly grid all ready, the minute the Australian flag dropped - they were off and racing!

Mount Pleasant Primary School – They’re New Around Here!

By |November 23rd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Each and every year the Energy Breakthrough grows in popularity with schools wanting to participate. And the 2018 event is no different, with a selection of schools making their EB debut this weekend including Mount Pleasant Primary School.

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True Energy Breakthrough Spirit Shines Bright With Caledonian Primary School – We Hear Their Story!

By |November 23rd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

The night is always darkest before the dawn and Caledonian Primary School’s metaphorical night certainly seemed black when their HPV vehicles were reported stolen earlier this month. With just days until the 2018 Energy Breakthrough, brazen thieves broke into the school and stole two HPV carts in a senseless act.

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Thursday 2018 – Wet Weather, Assessments, Practice and … um, more wet weather

By |November 22nd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Thursday of the 2018 Energy Breakthrough was full of excitement, anticipation and ... WET WEATHER!

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Check out the Energy Expo, featuring La Trobe University’s “All Kinds Of Clever” marquee

By |November 22nd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

The Energy Expo is an interactive, educational and active exhibition space. It’s fun for friends and entire family, and is open all day Friday and Saturday during the event.

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Preview: Human Powered Vehicles – 2018 Contenders and Challengers

By |November 22nd, 2018|Generally Newsworthy, Preview|

Human Powered Vehicles or HPVs: They are our most popular category with 93 Primary School teams and 96 Secondary School Human Powered Vehicle teams completing their final vehicle checks, doing their warm-ups and polishing their presentation skills to ensure. Let's see what all the fuss is about with our annual 'Contenders' review!

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EB Veteran Don Elliott talks about the Holmesglen approach, Southern Alliance and THAT Bugatti

By |November 20th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Believed to be one of the longest-serving team managers at the Energy Breakthrough, Don Elliot has been the man behind Holmesglen Institute of TAFE's involvement since 1992. has been involved in the big event since 1992 - save for a few ‘off years’ here and there. We caught up with him to talk about some of his favourite teams including Southern Alliance (1997) and his Bugatti replica.

Preview: Energy Efficient Vehicles – Can Girton go back-to-back?

By |November 20th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy, Hybrids, Preview|

Last year's event saw a true 'Energy Breakthrough,' when Girton Grammar School’s ‘Xception’ was the first team to take Line Honours in the 24 hour trial in a vehicle WITHOUT pedals. But, can they back that up? And what about the other class winners in Holy Trinity, Bendigo Senior and Overnewton? ... and the returning team Rode RAGE? Let's preview the field in this most difficult of challenges: the Energy Efficient Vehicles.

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Sounds of EB – A Spotify playlist

By |November 19th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

So, the time has come. You’ve packed your bags, checked it twice and you’ve just realised you haven’t thought about creating a playlist to listen to on your journey to Maryborough. Not to worry - we’ve got you covered with our 'Sounds of EB' Spotify playlist.

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Preview: TRYathlon: A record field for 2018!

By |November 17th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy, Preview|

A record field of 71 teams will line-up in the 2018 TRYathlon category. It's very similar to the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Secondary and Primary categories, bar for two high octane relay races! Here's what it's all about and what to look out for.

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Preview: Pushcarts – three days and five challenges!

By |November 15th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy, Preview|

With the 28th Energy Breakthrough fast approaching, it’s time to make sure those tyres are pumped and those steering axles greased. Over 500 students from 40 primary schools have been working hard all year to make sure their pushcarts are looking good and ready to race! The pushcarts is made up of a number of events over three days- giving participants the chance to show us what they’re made of.

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Preview: Innovations in Technology – a buzz of activity

By |November 14th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy, Preview|

The Energy Breakthrough is not just about HPVs. On Saturday morning near the Display and Presentation Marquees, there is the Central Highland Water sponsored Innovations in Technology – Crafty Design and Junkyard Challenge. It is a buzz of activity.

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Voting in the 2018 Victorian State Election on Saturday 24 November – all you need to know

By |November 14th, 2018|Event Information, Generally Newsworthy|

We know it's not that convenient for teams participating in our event, but the 2018 Victorian State Election will be held on Saturday 24 November. That means every Victorian aged 18 and over must vote. They have three options: vote early, by post or on the day. Here's what you need to know:

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Looking ahead: 2019 Specifications Discussion Paper

By |November 13th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

As previously reported, 2018 marked the beginning of a new era for the Energy Breakthrough. But whilst our event management team have faced some new challenges this year, we are also presented with some new opportunities. These opportunities include a different way of proposing, consulting on and implementing rule changes for the HPV and EEV categories especially, plus some ideas around Innovations In Technology.

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