Between 1997 and 2019 the Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix challenged teams with its iconic 1.4km circuit, unpredictable weather conditions and a test of team work.
Teams of primary school students compete for 16 hours, whilst secondary school and Community teams competed for 24 hours in human powered vehicles that students, teachers, parents and local industry have worked together to design and construct.
The event was about putting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) into a fun, hands-on learning environment that rewards collaboration, grit and determination.
The event also acted as a great ‘momentum builder’ for school teams eager to engage and inspire new students joining their Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) programs. It also offered the opportunity to test and learn from the previous year’s Energy Breakthrough trials and tribulations, too.
Each team received points for Scrutineering and Design and Construction, which was combined with the number of laps they complete during the Grand Prix to reward an overall class winner. All vehicles were assessed for safety by a team of experienced scrutineers prior to taking to the track.