RACV Energy Breakthrough
Human Powered Vehicle Event – Maryborough

What is the RACV Energy Breakthrough?

The RACV Energy Breakthrough is an exciting program designed to provide 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 event weekend in late November, sees thousands of male and female students – from both city and country schools – participate in an exciting ‘hands on’, real world challenge to explore science, technology and environmental education. The event sees the students focus on transport, energy and innovation.

The RACV Energy Breakthrough is delivered through a partnership between the RACV, Country Education Project and the Central Goldfields Shire Council. The program was the proud winner of the 2013 and 2014 Victorian Tourism Award for Festivals and Events.

Further information about the exciting event can be found at www.racvenergybreakthrough.net


Hillsmeade’s Journey to the Breakthrough

The grade 5 & 6 students participate in elective classes on alternate Fridays. A selection of students chose to participate in the HPV elective. This elective allows students to practice, challenge themselves and train for the Energy Breakthrough Teams. During the elective, the students apply themselves to create informative presentations, investigate questions of interest and find solutions to reduce pollution and promote sustainability. This program sees the students investigating and exploring science, sustainability, healthy living, nutrition, performance, dance and literature.

This year, on Thursday 19th November 2015, 24 highly committed, energetic and passionate Hillsmeade Primary School students, will head to Maryborough with 3 teams registered to compete in the 3-day 2015 RACV Human Powered Vehicle Energy Breakthrough event. All 3 teams will be a part of the 14 hour race event. Not only do the students get points for their team riding in the race but they also are scored on the design and construction of the vehicle and their teams display and presentation about their ‘Journey to the Breakthrough’.

The students commit time before, during and after school to train at the school and at Casey fields. While at home they practice their scripts, research for their presentations and continue training for strength and stamina. Although all this said, this program is not just about the students. It could not run successfully without the help and assistance of the parents and families of the team. It is a community involved program and we thank everyone who has and continues to support, sponsor and assist with the seeing the teams to the event each year.

On behalf of the 2015 RACV Energy Breakthrough Teams I would like to acknowledge our major 2015 sponsors:

  • Totally Outdoors
  • LJW Electrical
  • M & K Peach Bricklayer Builders
  • Hillsmeade Fundraising Committee