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November 2018

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.

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!

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.

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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Be #plasticfree this EB – choose tap!

By |November 13th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

One of the Energy Breakthrough's six aims is to "Encourage young people to explore solutions to environmental and transport issues." Whilst sometimes environmental issues can feel too huge to address, there is one environmental nasty that is in the spotlight this year because it CAN be tackled: PLASTIC. Be #plasticfree this EB - choose tap!

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Online Marshal Training – Updated and ready for volunteers

By |November 12th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

The Energy Breakthrough's Marshal Training Online (MTO) package has been completely revised and repackaged for 2018, with four NEW videos covering roles, setting up a marshal point, radio use and responding to incidents. All volunteer marshals from community groups and schools are required to complete this training along with teams in the HPV Primary and TRYathlon events who need to provide marshals, too.

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‘Special Awards’ Explained … PLUS the new McCulloch’s Engineering Prize for School-Based-Built Vehicles

By |November 9th, 2018|Awards, Generally Newsworthy|

Whilst we admire and acknowledge EVERYONE who participates in the Energy Breakthrough, there are some teams who have displayed extraordinary levels of determination, innovation and imagination. Through our series of eight 'Special Awards', we salute those who have gone 'above and beyond' and admire their passion and energy. For 2018, we are excited to announce a NEW award, sponsored by McCullochs Hydraulics Engineers in Bendigo, which aims to encourage and reward school-based design and construction.

2018 School’s Information Kits Released

By |November 7th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

The 2018 Schools Information Kits are now ready for download! These act as your team's 'Event Guide': packed full of all the details you and your will need to know for this year’s Energy Breakthrough, including judging schedules and final information.

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Recap: Get Ready for EB, presented by La Trobe University

By |November 6th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

"Get Ready, presented by LaTrobe University" was livestreamed on Friday 2 November 2018. Presenters included Simon O’Mallon, La Trobe University, Matt Twin, Bendigo Tech School and Natalie Hurst, Bendigo Spirit and Mick McTigue, Energy Breakthrough. Victory Christian College even joined to be a part of the 'studio audience'.

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October 2018

UPDATED – Free Preparation Webinar, presented by La Trobe University – 2nd November 2018

By |October 30th, 2018|Event Preparation, Generally Newsworthy|

To help teams prepare for this year's Energy Breakthrough, this year's session will be held at the La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus on Friday 2nd November and streamed online.

TRYathlon Obstacle Training Sesh – 4th November 2018

By |October 19th, 2018|Generally Newsworthy|

Calling all TRYathlon teams: Sunday November 4 is your chance to practice the skills needed to excel in the Obstacle Rally! This practice session is FREE, but schools MUST complete an online registration form to ensure a safe day for all.

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