An annual program event that's powered by imagination.
The Energy Breakthrough is a joint initiative of the Country Education Partnership (CEP) and the Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC). 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 whilst 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 for a huge celebration to display and trial them in action.
Due to the current situation amid COVID-19 pandemic State Government restrictions the Energy Breakthrough Committee has made the decision on 14th July, to put the safety of participants, visitors, volunteers and local Maryborough residents paramount. The 2020 Energy Breakthrough due to be held from 18th to 22nd November has now been cancelled.
We apologise in advance for the disappointment this cancellation will cause, but public health takes priority and we must make the necessary decisions to respond responsibly to the pandemic. We thank our schools, volunteers and sponsors for their input to our decision making, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation.
We are committed to 2021, the 30th year of our prestigious event being our biggest and best ever! Our schools and sponsors are all onboard and with the assistance of the State Government's $1.5 million Regional Investment Fund investment boost announced in May, together with existing funding from the Department of Education and Training, this will ensure this much loved award winning event will continue to grow and prosper.