The Energy Breakthrough initiative is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry/communities to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.
Country Education Partnership initiated this exciting program, and formed a strong partnership between RACV and Central Goldfields Shire. Today, it is recognised as one of the premier education and private/public partnerships within education.
The development of the Energy Breakthrough program was documented in recent times and a copy of the journey over the past 25 years can be gained by clicking on:
In 2013 and 2014, the RACV Energy Breakthrough received a State Tourism Award within the category “Best Festival or Event”:
In 2009 and 2013, the RACV Energy Breakthrough program was recognised as an outstanding education and tourism event within the State Tourism Award within the Regional Events category.
It has gained recognition as a finalist for the National Tourism Awards two years running (2014 and 2015) winning Bronze in 2014 and silver in 2015.
Check out the video clips of the exciting event:
It all started in 1992 when the Country Education Partnership began seeking new ways to engage young people in rural Victoria with a wider range of challenges, with a celebration event being held in Maryborough, Victoria.
It has grown significantly since those early days with a strong partnership being developed between CEP Inc, Goldfields Shire and RACV to ensure that the event grows and develops – now being recognised as one of the largest education events on the school calendar.
The Energy Breakthrough has also seen a number of other communities provide celebration events for the young people involved in the energy breakthrough initiative. Wonthaggi, Casey, and Maroondah all provide opportunities for young people to be involved in the program.
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.
School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.
More information at the RACV Energy Breakthrough website