Energy Breakthrough Team (EBT)

The Damascus College Energy Breakthrough Team is a group of enthusiastic and dedicated students and teachers who are interested in bikes, mechanics and science. They work throughout the year to design, build and test vehicles within detailed specifications. It requires a team effort and an across-the-curriculum approach. The Human Powered Vehicles (HPV's) designed and built are entered into an endurance race in Maryborough (Victoria) well known as the RACV Energy Breakthrough.The aim is for students to study the appropriate theory that allows them to design, construct and compete in a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV), hybrid or electric vehicle.

The Energy Breakthrough Team, though, is not just a hobby group that tinkers at lunch times. The Energy Breakthrough unit in the subject courses structure is an integrated year-long unit where students access learning outcomes from a range of disciplines within the Australian Curriculum. Technology Materials, Technology Systems, Science, Humanities (Geography) and Health and Physical Education are the Domains covered in this program.

Students investigate a range of concepts including principles of flight and aerodynamics, steering systems, drive systems, welding techniques, safety aspects in motor sports and pit crew organisation. All of this and more is supported with hands-on practical testing and experiments.

For more information e-mail the Team Organiser, Mark McLean m.mclean@damascus.vic.edu.au

Links
Presentation on Damascus College EBT Program
The New Inventors - Damascus EBT clip