About the Energy Breakthrough

The Energy Breakthrough is a concept created by the Country Education Partnership (CEP) in 1991 and is a joint initiative of CEP and the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC).

The Energy Breakthrough provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.

Teams of students are assessed in three areas: 1/ Display & Presentation, 2/ Design & Construction and 3/ Trials.

Students bring these machines to Maryborough in Victoria each November for challenges that are as short as a few minutes through to 24 hours.



The activities on offer range from ‘beginner’ to ‘advanced’ and Grade 3 to Year 12:

  1. Junkyard Challenge
  2. Robotics
  3. Pushcarts
  4. Human Powered Vehicles
  5. Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Vehicles


  • Over 3,500 students from over 100 schools participate each year.
  • Students range from age nine to nineteen.
  • Schools get involved from across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.



The Energy Breakthrough Program aims to:

  • Provide an excellent technology project for students from Prep to VCE level.
  • Encourage young people to explore solutions to environmental and transport issues.
  • Provide an opportunity for schools and communities to work and learn together.
  • Provide an opportunity for women and girls to participate in what has traditionally been a ‘male’ dominated area of the curriculum.
  • Be a fun program with real world challenges.
  • Offer students opportunities to explore and address vehicle design, driving skills and vehicle and passenger safety issues.