Wrapping Up the 2023 Energy Breakthrough: A Week of Innovation, Learning, and Community!

by | Dec 4, 2023 | Bush Voices

What an incredible experience Energy Breakthrough 2023 was!

The excitement of this year’s Energy Breakthrough has wrapped up, leaving us buzzing with inspiration. As an education event at its core, this year’s breakthrough was all about hands-on learning across various curriculum areas. While the races may steal the spotlight, there’s a whole spectrum of assessments happening alongside the racing.

School teams set up camp on Tuesday, and the last school bid farewell on Monday morning, contributing to a seven-day economic boost for the township of Maryborough. The estimated economic impact reported from previous years? A whopping $3.3 million! It’s incredible to witness how this event creates a positive ripple effect in the community.

The Wednesday to Friday program featured Pushcarts, Robotics, Junkyard Challenge, and Human Powered Vehicles (HPV). Meanwhile, the Friday to Sunday program for secondary schools featured TRYathlon, EEV and HPV.

A big thank you to all 700 who volunteered in the event, helping support over 230 teams with more than 5000 participants. A shoutout to some of our 2023 Rural Youth Ambassadors who also volunteered their time at the event. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

“Last year was my first time being a part of EBT. In the lead up to the event my team would have training were we would be practicing by riding our bikes around the oval and preparing our speeches for the presentation. I loved doing our presentation where I pretended to be a CEO of a company investing inEnergy breakthrough, where I asked my teammates questions between their speeches about the designs and safety and even impact on the environment. EBT has also given me an opportunity for further growth in public speaking in different crowds and not just among my fellow classmates. I was part of the pit crew for my team last year and helped my teammates safely get in and out of the trikes. I also helped by filling up drink bottles and reminding riders to eat and keep their energy up. The best part was cheering on my team and encouraging them to keep their spirits high and keep them motivated to keep moving for our team.

I Enjoy energy breakthrough every year as a spectator to see the community and people from all around come to town and have fun and compete in environmentally friendly racing, but now Ihave enjoyed it from both sides of the fence now, from once a spectator to now actually being in the tents and helping out, both situations bring me happiness with both community and teamwork.

Energy Breakthrough has taught me to work in a team environment, helping us to trust and rely on each other as a group. Communicating with others is an important and amazing skill for my future.”

– Amelia, Grade 6, MEC

Photography credit to Rogan Hando, student at St Arnaud Secondary School. To see more of Rogan‘s work head to his Instagram @rogan.hando.photography

Interested in participating next year? See the Energy Breakthrough website for more details for 2024 and 2025, they have resources and mentors available for:

  • Primary (Robotics, Pushcarts and Human Powered Vehicles)
  • Secondary 7-10 (Human Powered Vehicles
  • VCE (Human Powered Vehicles and Electric Vehicles)
  • In little ways and big ways, your school can get involved on a one day or three day basis.