About the Conference

The 2018 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Galveston, the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts.

Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles.

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The cost of the conference is $1,500 and includes double occupancy lodging, most meals, local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city and curriculum materials. The conference is not for the faint of heart - but has been noted as being the most fun a teacher could have while learning.

Attending teachers receive credit towards a NEED Kit and access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs.

NEED lessons integrate energy curriculum into classrooms at any grade level and with students of all learning styles while focusing on the successful achievement of state and national education goals by using correlations of NEED materials to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core standards and state science standards. Limited scholarships are available. Please indicate if you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding and sponsorship to attend.


The energy industry requires many qualified employees to meet the demands of a growing industry. Supporting the involvement of teachers and students in energy education is an investment in the future of energy. For partners in the energy industry, many sponsorship opportunities are available – sponsoring registration fees, providing speakers, and contributing to the curriculum materials the teachers use in their classrooms. There are many ways to make a tax deductible investment in energy education. Contact NEED to discuss sponsoring a teacher or a conference session. Rebecca Lamb at rlamb@need.org.
Download the sponsorship form here

Hotel Information

Hotel Galvez & Spa
2024 Seawall Blvd,
Galveston, TX 77550

For more than 100 years, Hotel Galvez & Spa has been pleasing guests from around the world with elegant décor, luxurious service, scenic Gulf Coast event space, and a majestic location across from the water. For more information , visit www.hotelgalvez.com

Galveston captivates visitors that come to call with her natural beauty, eccentric charm and traditional Texas-style Hospitality -- because Galveston is genteel, gracious and captivating. Galveston is the beautifully preserved hidden treasure of the Lone Star State. Come unlock the history, romance and beauty that lies within. Explore every nook and cranny because you are her guest and Galveston loves sharing her treasures with you.
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The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with over 36 years of experience in energy education and curriculum development. NEED’s materials and programs are an integral part of the energy education process in 65,000 classrooms nationwide.

NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute comprehensive, objective, hands-on, inquiry-based educational materials. NEED conducts student and teacher training programs, provides evaluation tools, and recognizes outstanding student and teacher achievement for grades K-12. NEED materials are designed to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students. They are teacher-tested to ensure success in the classroom and are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and state science standards.

The mission of the NEED is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating networks of students, educators, and businesses, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

$1,500 Registration Includes:
• Conference Materials and Facilitation
• Lodging Sunday – Thursday (double occupancy)
• Welcome Dinner Sunday
• Lunch Monday – Wednesday
• Breakfast Monday – Thursday
• Closing Dinner and Reception Wednesday

Single Room Fee: $350
(Scholarships do not cover the single room fee.)

Nearest Airport: William p. Hobby Airport (42.6 miles)

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Preliminary Agenda

Want to know what to expect? An overview of the conference is to the right. Download the pdf below for the full agenda.

Full schedule COMING SOON

Your world still spinning from travel? Jump in and harness that energy to create a model wind turbine and see how much electricity you can produce!
Learn more about NEED, who we are, why we matter, and why we are glad to have you as part of the NEED program. Use Energy Bingo to get to know other participants. The conference sessions are designed to improve your own energy knowledge as a consumer, to provide you lessons and activities to return to the classroom with, and to allow you to explore ways to integrate more energy into your classroom programs.
See examples of the winning projects and how other teachers have used NEED both in the classroom and in after school settings.
There are note cards on each table to provide written questions to be answered for the group or individually – use them for content or process questions as well as logistical and conference questions. The NEED Resource Catalog and Planning Guide is designed as the Teacher Guide for a NEED unit. This session will connect the day’s activities to the Planning Guide in order to help participants fully utilize the guide.
These breakout sessions explore the forms of energy and energy transformations.
Science of Energy for Elementary/Intermediate
Science of Energy for Intermediate/Secondary
Energy Works
How do the forms and sources connect? Break into small groups to learn more about the energy sources we use. Using the Secondary Energy Infobook and other resource materials, prepare an Energy Expo highlighting sources of energy, transportation fuels, electricity, and energy efficiency and conservation.
Energy Sources
Energy Efficiency
Transportation Fuels
Museum of Solid Waste
Participants explore the Energy Expo stations and compile information and data in science notebooks. Check in with the facilitators in the main room to answer questions about science notebooks. Participants will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite Expo board!
How is electricity generated and moved to our homes and businesses?
Play the fast-paced Baseload Balance game, exploring how generation meets our energy demands.
These sessions explore the sources of energy, their advantages and disadvantages and current uses of the source.
Primary and Elementary: Energy in the Balance
Intermediate and Secondary: Energy Enigma
Completing the evaluation in your packet allows NEED to make improvements for the program in future years, but also provides feedback for curriculum improvements and training enhancements. Please complete your evaluation as the conference progresses in order to provide feedback while the activities are still clear in your mind.
Session Topics TBD
Teams compete to make the most profit from their petroleum wells integrating new technology and following environmental regulations.
Participants synthesize the knowledge and process skills showcased during the day to discuss and plan integration into their classrooms.
Energy efficiency and conservation techniques and tools allow for wise use of our natural resources. This introduction highlights simple and low-cost ways to reduce energy consumption and the science behind efficiency.
Participants will split into groups to investigate energy use in the conference building using simple energy management tools. Play the Energy Efficiency Web Game in your small group!
These activities allow for interdisciplinary integration of language arts skills. Groups make quick presentations about energy conservation at home and on the road.
Participants explore carbon dioxide and climate change with activities from NEED’s Climate module. Greenhouse in a Beaker and Carbon Cycle Simulation
Participants will assume the roles of economic advisors, geologists and miners to learn about their assigned country’s resources and needs before trading those resources with other countries.
Participants begin to synthesize and reinforce energy knowledge.
Session Topics TBD
Working in grade level groups, participants synthesize the knowledge and process skills showcased during the day to discuss and plan integration into their classrooms.
Thanks to the Kentucky NEED Regional Coordinators, participants will play Energy Carnival Games and earn drink tickets to enjoy beverages during this fun synthesis activity. Interested educators share what they are doing in their classrooms.
Participants explore the nation’s leading transportation fuels.
Working in grade level groups, participants synthesize the knowledge and process skills showcased during the week to discuss and plan integration into their classrooms.
Complete your order form for classroom energy resources.
Have a later flight? Stick around for a little while and work with conference attendees and the facilitators to continue to refine your energy unit.

Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Awards

Bob Thompson was a dedicated teacher, friend, and proponent of science and energy education. His time at NEED enriched many, encouraged all, and improved the way we present and teach about energy in our curriculum and training workshops. Bob was a good friend to many here at NEED and he and his spirit live on in our work. Because of this, NEED has established the Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Award that will be given each year to a teacher who exemplifies Bob’s childlike wonder of science and energy.
The award includes a $1,000 cash grant to the teacher to use as he/she chooses in the classroom and an all-expenses paid trip to the NEED Energy Conference for Educators hosted each July. The award will be given at the Annual NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement in Washington, D.C. each June.

Have a teacher to nominate? Want to apply?
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.
2018 Application (pdf) (doc)

Be sure that if you apply, you are able to attend the Award Ceremony June 25th and the NEED Conference in July 2018

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