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Archive September 2016

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Library of Congress Blog Series, Aug/Sept 2016, Physics of Fun

At the conclusion of NEED’S National Energy Conference for Educators in July, a few NEED staff and family members were treated to a meeting with Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has many online resources available to K-12 educators and their students, including lesson plans, reading lists, and more. You can find these resources by visiting

The Ultimate Experience: Opt4STEM Energy Academy

We are pleased to have Guest Blogger Ashayla Freeman provide this blog about her experience at the Opt4Stem Energy Academy this summer. The program brought together high school students from Von Steuben High School in Chicago and gave them an energy experience they will never forget!  NEED proudly partnered with Opt4STEM to support the Energy Academy with curriculum, training, and a wind and energy efficiency session with NEED trainer and energy manager James Brown of Saratoga Springs, New York. Opt4STEM is a STEM partnership between Exelon, Von Steuben High School, and Illinois Institute of Technology to provide high school students with the foundation to succeed in STEM degrees at four-year research universities. For more information about Opt4STEM, go to

Ten Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Save Energy

Let’s talk about kids. In particular, let’s talk about their incredible ability to learn and adapt to change. Let’s talk about the endless drive they have, to understand the world around them. They are certainly more than “empty vessels”. They can deduce, are compassionate, and creative.. They aren’t anchored to conventional wisdom because they’ve not seen enough of it to be swayed. With that in mind, let’s explore the ways in which kids can understand energy.

Keep Your School Year ENERGIZED!

As school for students has started back up again, many teachers and students may find themselves beginning the countdown to bring back fun in the sun and summer freedom. We at The NEED Project want to help make your school year such a success that it seems to fly by! Since 1980, our philosophy has been about “Kids Teaching Kids” by providing teachers with the curriculum and materials that help spark student’s interest and be truly engaged in inquiry-based, hands-on, and exciting learning activities about energy, all while enhancing student leadership skills.  When surveyed at workshops and events, 95% of teachers believe that NEED materials increase student performance on state tests. Students in NEED programs showed a 41% increase in energy knowledge after using NEED curriculum. The requirements of state standards, Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards are fully supported by NEED materials.