Human Powered Vehicle

Dromana College participates in the RACV Energy Breakthrough Human Powered Vehicle race, held in Maryborough, Victoria, each year.  This is one of the biggest events held for students in Australia with hundreds of schools participating, from primary schools through to senior secondary.

There are numerous events ran during the four days but all have a focus on the environment and alternative energy sources. The event aims to have students design and build their vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will produce an energy breakthrough .The program integrates various learning domains into the process, such as Technology, Health and Fitness, Science, Maths and English.

Throughout the year students prepare and train for the event with Maryborough being the opportunity for them to display their efforts.  Four girls and four boys make up the team, and they have to give a presentation in front of a panel of judges and explain what they have learnt during the journey. The team also has to put their vehicle through scrutineering to prove it is road worthy and that they understand the race rules.  The final challenge is the race, peddling a recumbent
(three wheel) trike for 24 hours around a 1.3 klm circuit against 90 other teams. 

Dromana College’s HPV Team has been extremely fortunate to be sponsored by the Flinders and Red Hill & District Lions Clubs, and due to their continued support, the college has been able to enter a Junior Team, Years 7 and 8 and a Senior Team, Years 9 and 10.

For further information please visit to:  http://racvenergybreakthrough.net  
Or contact Paul Barton or Adrian Wale at the college during school hours.

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.  School groups work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles or machines within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. These groups then bring their vehicles and machines to Maryborough in November, for a huge celebration in which they can demonstrate and trial them in action. 

The RACV Energy Breakthrough is a joint initiative of the Country Education Project, the Central Goldfields Shire Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV).

The RACV Energy Breakthrough 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
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