What is the Youth Energy COnference and Awards?

New in 2017, the 37th Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards is expanding to give students more opportunities to learn about energy and to explore energy in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The annual June conference will have students from across the country working in groups on an Energy Challenge designed to stretch their minds and energy knowledge.

Preconference Event — June 22-23
Want to stretch your mind even more? A limited number of spaces are available for a special two-day, pre-conference event which will allow students access to additional hands-on energy sessions, time to discuss energy with their peers, and access to industry professionals to learn about energy careers.

Hotel Information
Hotel accommodations are provided at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City June 23rd-26th for all registered attendees and June 22nd-26th for Pre-Conference participants.

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

Who is Eligible to Attend?
Students who participate in the Youth Awards project and meet criteria as determined by the Lead Teacher are invited to attend the conference and awards. Lead Teachers will determine the number of chaperones required to attend based on school requirements. Families should check with their lead teachers for school specific eligibility requirements.

Project Submission
Have you submitted your project? The Youth Energy Conference and Awards is the culminating event for the Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.

  • Find out more about the program and how to submit a project at www.need.org/youth-awards.
  • And make sure to check out last years winning projects here!
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Triple/Quad Room Double Room Single Room
Registration $550.00 $640.00 $945.00
Pre-conference Activities* $150.00 $180.00 $285.00

*(Limited availability! All participants in the pre-conference activities must register for the entire conference)

Registration Information
All persons planning to stay in participant hotel rooms, participate in meals, attend sessions, participate in tours, and/or attend the awards ceremony on Monday, June 26th must register for the conference. We are unable to offer à la carte registration options.

Payment Plans
Registrants, depending on the date of registration, will be provided various payment plans. Lead teachers will be provided a payment form for reference.

Program Resources

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Event schedule

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

The pre-conference agenda refers to the pre-conference event which allows students access to additional information, time to discuss energy with their peers, and access to industry professionals.

Full schedule (PDF)

(advanced registration for preconference sessions required) Explore energy concepts through hands-on lessons and interactive activities.
(advanced registration for preconference sessions required) Energy Careers – learn from industry professionals what careers are available in the energy industry and what type of education is required to obtain those careers.
Students share their 2016-2017 Youth Awards Projects with each other. Each school will present their project to students from around the country.
Working in Energy Task Forces, students work to address a real world challenge. The challenge goals, parameters, expectations, and timeframe will be provided at this time. Each Energy Task Force will consist of grade level peers from different schools and will be paired with a NEED Youth Staff member to help them meet their challenge and create their presentation.
While your students work on their Energy in STEM Challenge, teachers meet to discuss the weekend, share tips, and ask questions about their time in Washington D.C. Explore some new NEED activities too!
While your students work on their Energy in STEM Challenge, stop by and learn more about NEED, who we are, what we do, and what to expect this weekend.
It’s a night in Little Italy! Enjoy dinner with NEED students and sponsors.
Meet Youth Awards and NEED staff and your fellow award winners through NEED activities and icebreakers. Attendees exchange trinkets and memorabilia from their home states with other award winners.
Energy Task Forces meet and work together with youth staff and with NEED mentor teachers on their Solution to the Energy in STEM Challenge.
Teachers receive additional professional development on Energy while students work with NEED’s Youth Staff and Mentor Teachers.
Wonder what your students have been up to all year? Spend a few hours having some fun with STEM! Stretch your science mind and partake in a little light-hearted competition among adults.
Task forces present their Energy in STEM Solutions to a panel of judges and share their ideas with their peers. One task force from each grade level will be invited to present their Energy in STEM Solution at the Youth Awards Ceremony on Monday.
Open touring of Washington’s memorials, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian museums, and other points of interest aboard the Big Bus Sightseeing double decker bus or via Metro.
Evening Options include: Big Bus Night Tour, Kennedy Center, Baseball, Arena Stage, Ghost Tours, Monuments Tour on your own, etc. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Washington’s culinary hot spots and favorites!
Helpful Hint: You should plan to arrive back at the Hyatt no later than 4 p.m. to change and get ready for the cruise!
Buses will take you to the pier for a tropical-themed cruise down the Potomac River and give you a chance to get to know more NEED friends. Be sure to wear your tropical gear! After the boat returns to the dock, NEED staff will ask groups to stay together in lines to facilitate easy bus loading, and to return to the hotel.
Yates Auditorium
Department of Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C.

2016 Youth Awards Slideshow

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