Korumburra Primary School’s HPV and Pushcart program has been running since 2012.
Each year many schools participate in this program. The program was initially created by RACV to provide opportunities for students, teachers and parents and local industries to work together to design and construct a vehicle, machine or an innovation in technology that will represent an energy breakthrough. It requires a team effort and an across-the curriculum-approach. The teams then bring their vehicles to Maryborough, north-western Victoria, to demonstrate and trial them in action.
The entire process requires a huge amount of time, effort and patience over the year by all involved. This includes practice, maintenance and modifications of vehicles, refining presentations and performances. All team members demonstrate great patience, persistence and support for one another during all of the events.
A Human Powered Vehicle or HPV is a recumbent vehicle that has two wheels at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle. It has the normal gearing and braking systems of your traditional bicycle but the rider is in a laid-back seated position when in control of the vehicle.
A Pushcart is similar to a billycart in design and involves students to both push the cart and steer it in various situations.
The program is open to students from Years 5 and 6.