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Under their own steam

The Energy Breakthrough Program was again undertaken by students at Buninyong Primary School. Two teams represented the school at the Maryborough competitions late last year and we were totally on board with their new rides – the Buninyong Bullet and Buninyong Bomber.

We think it’s critical to support this program enabling students to step practically into the sustainability and health spaces and learn life-long skills as part of a project team.

The program has been running for 30 years and for this year’s 22 students, it was an experience to propel them forward especially as they begin high school. The program gives students, teachers and parents opportunities to work together to design and construct machines that demonstrate innovation in technology with the aim of achieving an energy breakthrough.

Teacher Jayke Arnold said “we were thrilled with the results of Energy Breakthrough. The kids did an amazing job. The pit crew remained focused and did everything they could to organise riders and keep the bikes on the track. The riders pushed themselves hard to make sure our teams were competitive, but also took care of the bikes and made sure they made it through to the end of the race”.

The school is focused on a new intake of grade 6 students to participate in the 2023 program and will continue to develop their human powered vehicles for another run.

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