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Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers are thinkers, makers and innovators. Circuit Breakers are students who look differently at the world around them, and find ways to bring their ideas to life.

Circuit Breakers is our exciting engineering outreach program for primary school students in years 4 – 6.

This STEM program for primary schools situated within our network, will help develop knowledge and skills with a focus on electrical engineering using 3D printers.

In 2017 Participation in this ground-breaking program was awarded to 20 schools across our network, find out which schools were involved here.

More information about the program, can be found below.


The program focuses on a variety of aspects of the Western Power network each week exploring what it takes to provide electricity to your community, is safe and reliable, as well as exploring new technologies that are changing the way we look at electricity supply in the future.

Equipped with this new  knowledge classes will be challenged with a project to work on, based around the future of our network. Each class will present their ideas and findings at our Science Fair on Thursday 25 October. 

Course materials

Each successful school will be provided with all of the materials to complete the program including two 3D printers per school. This includes all learning guides, lesson plans, digital resources, printers and consumables required for 3D printing, as well as technical support throughout the program.

Examples of previous resources can be found in the teaching resources section. 

Engineer support

You will have access to a Western Power engineer who will regularly meet with the class to share their knowledge of our network and assist with any technical information as required.

Unsuccessful applicants and schools with existing printers will be able to access course materials via the Western Power website. 

Session days and times

There is no defined time or day that the program must be delivered, the only requirement is that each lesson is delivered before the Science Fair. This is up to the discretion of each school in consultation with your allocated engineer. 

Student diversity

Reflecting Western Powers' commitment to diversity in our workforce and reflecting the diverse community we service, students selected for participation should also be reflective of your schools community. With the exception of single sex schools, program participants should include both girls and boys. 

Actions that encourage gender equity and equality in STEM, will help to change the declining trend of girls pursuing STEM related occupations at a higher level. Circuit Breakers is developed with this in mind and aims to attain strong involvement by female students.  

Science Fair

On completion of the program all schools will join together at the inaugural Western Power science fair, to present their learning and completed projects. A fantastic opportunity to learn from peers and extend their learning further.

This event is a non-competitive opportunity for students to share their work and gain experience with public speaking and presentation.

3D printers

To assist with the advancement of STEM and digital literacies in primary schools, each school that completes the entire program and participates in all aspects including training and culmination event will be eligible to keep their 3D printers and integrate them into their learning environment.

Professional Development

As a condition of participation each school will be required to provide up to two staff members to undertake professional development, learning more about how the program will run and how to use a 3D printer in a classroom. This session will be an opportunity to meet with your allocated Western Power engineer and make connections with other teachers taking part in the program.

This session will be held on Tuesday 24 July. The session is proposed to run throughout the school day so considerations should be made for relief. Food will be provided. 

Below are links to all resources supplied as part of the Circuit Breakers program. Resources are designed for students in years 4 - 6. 3D print files can be used with any 3D printer. All schools are welcome to undertake the program in their own time.

Teaching and learning guide - Includes lesson plans, useful links and background information required to deliver the Circuit Breakers program

Student Journal - For use by students throughout the program to document their learning

3D print files - All files required to complete the program and print your own version of the Western Power network


For support using the teaching resources email

Your school is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • Located within our network (See map)
  • Can commit to attending events set out in the key dates
  • Can commit to weekly lessons for up to 30 across years 4,5 and 6


Selection of schools Circuit Breakers will be undertaken by the program steering committee. Members will be judging applications based on the following criteria. 

  1. Impact - What benefit will involvement have on your school?
  2. STEM initiatives - What current STEM based activities does your school undertake?
  3. Innovation - A creative idea for what your school could 3D print to make a difference to your school or community.
  4. Location - Is your school located in an area considered a reliability hotspot?
  5. Future - How do you intend on continuing to focus on STEM in your school?

 Applications open 

14 May 2018

Applications close

22 June 2018

Successful applicants notified and learning guides sent

29 June 2018

Professional development and program launch

24 July 2018

Program commences

30 July 2018 

Western Power Science Fair

25 October 2018


  1. These terms and conditions describe how applications to take part in the ‘Circuit Breakers – Engineering outreach program’ (“Program”) are made, assessed and notified. The terms and conditions also explain how the Program will operate.
  2. The facilitator of the Program is the Electricity Networks Corporation (trading as Western Power) of 363 Wellington Street, Perth, Western Australia, ABN 18 540 492 861 (“Western Power”).


  1. An applicant to the Program must be a school (as defined in the School Education Act 1999) who:
    1. has submitted a valid application in accordance with these terms and conditions; and
    2. is located in the geographic area serviced by Western Power network,

(an “Applicant”). For the purposes of clarity, an Individual is not eligible to apply to the Program.

  1. A school is entitled to make only one application to the Program. If a school makes multiple applications to the Program then the school’s first valid application will be included in the Program assessment process.
    1. A school that has previously been selected for participation in Circuit Breakers will not be eligible for selection for two years after their initial participation.

Application Process

  1. Up to twenty (20) Applicants will be selected by Western Power to take part in the Program.
  2. Entries to the Program can be made between 12:00 (WST) on 14 May 2018 until at 23:59 (WST) on 22 June 2018 (“Entry Period”).
  3. An entry to the Program is deemed to have been received at the time it is received by Western Power and not at the time of transmission by the Applicant.
  4. To enter the program, the school must:
    1. visit Western Power's website at;
    2. answer all of the required questions; and
    3. supply Western Power with their contact details (including email). Note: Contact details will be used for the purposes of contacting successful Applicants and to distribute materials relating to the Program. 


  1. The assessment and selection of the successful Applicants will occur at Western Power’s head office at 363 Wellington Street, Perth, Western Australia within two (2) weeks  of the end of the Entry Period.
  2. Valid applications received within the Entry Period will be assessed by Western Power against assessment criteria determined by Western Power and available on the program website. 
  3. Successful Applicants will be notified as soon as possible following their selection via their contact details included in their application .
  4. The name of successful Applicants may be published on Western Power’s Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@westernpowerwa) and website (

The Program - Equipment

  1. The Program will comprise ten (10) lessons over ten (10) weeks facilitated by Western Power. Resources supplied by Western Power to compliment the lessons will include:
    1. two (2) 3 dimensional printers - ‘UP mini 2’;
    2. all tools and consumables required for reasonable operation of the 3 dimensional printers; and
    3. access to lesson plans and digital resources.
  1. 3 dimensional printers, consumables and tools will remain property of Western Power until the successful completion of the Program.
  2. Resources supplied as part of the Program are not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
  3. Each successful Applicant will be paired with an engineer provided by Western Power who will assist with delivery of Program course materials and act as a source of expert information for students and teachers.
  4. To complete the Program, the successful Applicants must participate in each of the ten (10) lessons provided by Western Power and present as a class at the Program closing event.
  5. Western Power does not accept any responsibility for maintenance of any Resources or technical support outside of the Program delivery period.
  6. Western Power does not provide any representation or warranty in respect of any hardware or software provided to a successful Applicant. 
  7. The Program closing event will be held on 25 October 2018 (or at another date nominated by Western Power) at venue nominated by Western Power.

The Program - Participation

  1. Students who wish to participate in the Program lessons must be currently enrolled at school in years four (4), five (5) or six (6).
  2. Up to thirty (30) students may take part in the Program for a school and are to be selected as the successful Applicant sees fit, but should seek to be representative of the gender and ethnicity of the relevant school.
  3. Each successful Applicant will determine the day and time of their weekly lesson in consultation with their allocated engineer, ensuring that each lesson is completed in consecutive school weeks.
  4. A teacher employed by each Applicant must deliver the lessons at all times with support from the engineer supplied by Western Power.


  1. Western Power accepts no responsibility and shall not be held legally liable or responsible for any accident, loss, injury or damage to any individual or property whether direct or indirect, whether in contact, tort, negligence or otherwise arising out of or in connection with the Program, before, during or after the Program.
  2. Without limiting clause 27, Western Power makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability or merchantability of the resources offered as part of the Program. This clause does not affect any rights a consumer may have which are unable to be excluded under Australian law. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of Western Power or its employees or agents for breach of any such rights is limited to supply of course materials again.


  1. If for any reason beyond the reasonable control of Western Power, the Program is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated, Western Power reserves the right, to:
    1. withdraw any applications; or
    2. cancel, suspend, modify or terminate the Program.
  1. Each successful Applicant consents to Western Power using their and their students’ name without remuneration for the purpose of promoting the Program (including any outcome), Western Power and/or products/services supplied by Western Power.
  2. These terms and conditions are governed exclusively by the laws of Western Australia.

For more information contact out Community Education Specialist at .

Richard Johnson - Rostrata Primary School 

A circuit breaker himself, Richard was a top ten finalist in the Global Teacher Prize and STEM teacher at Rostrata Primary school with over 30 years experience.

Richards passion for STEM and new technologies is inspiring for his students and fellow teachers alike. He has traveled globally sharing his vast knowledge of not only what students love but effective teaching methods.    

Richard is bringing to Circuit Breakers his extensive knowledge of STEM education and engagement strategies, many of which he learnt in his unique STEM lab which already contains 3D printers, 3D pens, robots and an augmented reality sandbox. 

Find out more about Richard and the great work he is doing below. 

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