November 18 - November 22
Maryborough has proudly hosted the Energy Breakthrough event since 1991.
The Energy Breakthrough is the premier science, technology, engineering and maths, active learning program in Australia. Held each year, over four days in late November, the event attracts 30,000 people to the town from around the country and internationally.
6,000 school participants attend to celebrate learning, innovation, creativity, collaboration and human endeavour, by competing in team events racing human powered vehicles around Lake Victoria.
Since 1991, the Energy Breakthrough 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 program is unique in that all teams must compete across three areas of assessment: Design and Construction, Display and Presentation and Trials.
The Energy Breakthrough isn’t just a once-a-year event. School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test machines within detailed specifications.
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. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach.
These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in Victoria for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action.