About the Conference
The 2018 Tri-State Energy Conference brings together educators (teaching grades 4-12), who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are members or teach students that are members of Tri-State’s service area. The three day conference provides participants with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts.
Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units for their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs.
Thanks to support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost for educators in the Tri-State service area to participate. Educators outside of the Tri-State service area are welcome to apply and funding will be sought on their behalf. Lodging, meals, transportation and conference materials are provided. Attending teachers receive a NEED Science of Energy Kit, a class-set of NEED Energy Infobooks (at grade level), access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources.
The goals of the conference include expanding educator knowledge of the following subjects related to energy:
The conference will also integrate energy curriculum materials into classrooms at any grade level and with any group of students and with all learning styles. It will also focus on the successful achievement of state education goals using correlations of NEED materials to the National Science Education Standards and state standards. Need to meet your math and language arts Common Core Standards? This conference will help!
- The science of energy, forms of energy, and energy transformations
- Renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, their development, use, and impact on economics and environment
- Generation and transmission of electricity
- Development and use of transportation fuels and the connection of all fuels to the economy and the environment
- Efficient use of energy and the use of energy technologies for conservation and reduction of waste
About Tri-State Generation and Transmission
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., nearly 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State’s power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies.
Tri-State's mission is to provide our member systems a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity while maintaining a sound financial position through effective utilization of human, capital and physical resources in accordance with cooperative principles.
The NEED Project
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with over 30 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 National Science Education Content Standards and to state 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.
To apply: Click the Register Now button in the upper right corner.
Important Things to Know:
Conference Location: Tri-State Generation and Transmission at 1100 W. 116th Avenue, Westminster, CO.
Lodging: Teachers confirmed to attend will be provided lodging at a nearby hotel. Tri-State will submit a rooming list to the hotel and handle all reservations. Details will be sent with confirmation of conference participation. Participants traveling from more than 50 miles will be provided lodging the nights of June 18th and 21st if necessary.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the conference. Some dinners as well.
Transportation: Tri-State will reimburse mileage for travel up to $300.
Graduate Credit: Tri-State and NEED are working together to secure graduate credit for the program. Teachers will be responsible for covering the cost of the units.
Attire: The conference is hosted at Tri-State’s Headquarters. Business casual will be most appropriate. Be sure to bring a sweater as meeting rooms may be chilly.