Queensland school, Ormeau Woods State High School Energy Efficient Vehicle (pedal electric hybrid) has taken out the RACV Energy Breakthrough 24-hour endurance trial in Maryborough.
Ormeau Woods State High School completed the most laps of all the teams, going around the extended circuit an impressive 567 times, breaking the event distance record by travelling more than 1000 kilometres.
The all female team from St Margaret’s School beat the previous distance record in their category by more than 50km.
The highest placed Human Powered Vehicle in the 24-hour trial was Woodleigh School completing 532 laps.
The event has become renowned as Australia’s “Green Grand Prix”, the premier science, and technology and environment event.
This year a total of 163 schools and in excess of 6000 people including students, teachers and parents competed in human, energy efficient and hybrid-powered competition as well as more humble pushcarts. More than 12,000 spectators turned out to support the students and enjoy all the action.
As part of the Princes Park Enhancement Project the main RACV track was extended this year by 260 metres bringing it to 1.84 kilometres in total. There were also additional pits and upgraded camping amenities for students and staff.
Schools event co-ordinator, John Stafford said the new, extended track exceeded all their expectations.
“The new track and pits worked exceptionally well for students to better showcase their energy efficient vehicles and contributed to another outstanding Energy Breakthrough event.”
“Considering the average weather across Victoria for much of the past seven or so months, we were incredibly lucky to have four days of sunshine that allowed for perfect track conditions.
During the year students and teachers designed and built their environmentally friendly vehicles as part of the school’s curriculum often with the help of parents and local industry.
The Energy Breakthrough event then involves three stages – presentation to judges, scrutineering and design assessment of the vehicles by RACV technical staff and track events for various categories.
RACV Event Co-ordinator, Ernest Litera said over the four days students had demonstrated their understanding of science, technology and the environment.
“The quality of vehicles was again outstanding with students impressing the organisers with their excellent team work and well thought out construction and designs. The presentations demonstrated a really solid understanding of energy efficient principles.”
Mr Litera said the success of Energy Breakthrough was thanks to the hard work of the scores of volunteers, RACV staff, the Central Goldfields Shire and the County Education Project. He also thanked the principal sponsors Holden, VicRoads, the Victorian Education Department, La Trobe University, CYIENT, True Foods, Capilano and Central Highlands Water.