“An annual schools program powered by imagination”


Since 1991, the Energy Breakthrough program has provided 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’.

The Country Education Partnership initiated this exciting program in 1991, and formed a strong partnership to develop and build the program with the RACV and the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) that concluded in 2018. The CGSC and the Country Education Partnership are continuing to partner to deliver this program into the future.

The Energy Breakthrough isn’t just a once-a-year event.

School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test pushcarts, pedal powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles or crafty machines within detailed specifications. This requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in the Central Goldfields Shire, Victoria for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.

The event is similar to the Australian HPV Super Series in South Australia and the Technology Challenge in Maryborough, Queensland.


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

So, how did it all begin?

The Energy Breakthrough all started in 1992 when the Country Education Partnership began to seek new ways to engage young people in rural Victoria with a wider range of challenges. A key feature of the program was – and remains – a celebration event being held in Maryborough, Victoria each November.

From the humble beginnings with 23 entries in the first year, the program now attracts 350 teams of students from over 150 schools from across Victoria and beyond.

pushies_startThe Energy Breakthrough has also seen a number of other communities provide celebration events for the young people involved in the energy breakthrough initiative. Bendigo, Wonthaggi, Casey, and Knox all provide opportunities for young people to be involved in the program.

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