National Energy Conference for Educators

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

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About the Conference

The 2016 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Washington, D.C., 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. They also receive the materials, training and support to conduct in-services in their areas to introduce the NEED program to others. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles.

Conference Details

The cost of the conference is $1,400 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 the most fun a teacher could have while learning.

Attending teachers receive a NEED Kit, a class-set of NEED Energy Infobooks (at grade level), 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 integrates energy curriculum into classrooms at any grade level and with students of all learning styles. Focuses on the successful achievement of state and national education goals using correlations of NEED materials to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core standards and state science standards.
Some scholarships are available. Please indicate you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding to attend.

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

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Sponsor Teacher Scholarships

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

2016 Conference Agenda

July 17 Registration, Introduction to NEED
2:30 p.m. Registration and Reception
3:30 p.m. Welcome to the National Energy Conference for Educators
  Learn more about NEED, who we are, why we matter, and why we are glad to have you as part of the NEED program.
4:30 p.m. Introduction to Science Notebooks
  Do you use Science Notebooks in your classroom? This session will discuss integration of science notebooks into NEED materials.
5:15 p.m. Science of Energy
  Understanding the forms of energy and energy transformations is fundamental to a comprehensive understanding of energy at all grade levels.
5:45 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Blueprint for Success Connections
6:00 p.m. Dinner
July 18 Science of Energy and Sources of Energy
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Science of Energy
  These break-out sessions allow participants to learn more about the forms of energy and to explore inquiry activities designed to teach the concepts at three levels.
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Forms of Energy to Energy Sources – Energy Expos
  How do the forms and sources connect? Break into small groups to learn more about the energy sources we use.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Energy Expo Explorations
  Participants explore the Energy Expo stations and compile information and data in science notebooks.
2:00 p.m. Science of Energy and Energy Source Breakout
  Participants have a chance to choose one energy source topic to study further in depth.
Topics: EnergyWorks, Thermodynamics, Hydropower, Nuclear
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Sources of Energy Sessions
  These sessions explore the sources of energy, their advantages and disadvantages and current uses of the source.
Primary and Elementary: Energy Rock Performances
Intermediate and Secondary: Great Energy Debate
5:15 p.m. Top Energy Rock Performances
5:30 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Blueprint Connections and Evaluation
6:00 p.m. Synthesizing the Conference
6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own
July 19 Sources of Energy
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m Energy Fieldtrip!
11:15 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. An Introduction to Oil and Gas
  Learn where oil and natural gas are found, how they are extracted and how they are made into the products we use every day. Participants work in grade level groups to explore oil & gas exploration, production, refining, and use.
1:30 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. Special Energy Topics Break-out Sessions
  Topics: Solar, Wind, Energy in the Balance, Peak
3:15 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Blueprint Connections and Evaluation
3:30 p.m. Synthesizing the Conference
4:00 p.m. Adjourn for the Evening; Dinner on Your Own
July 20 Electricity and Energy Efficiency and Conservation
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Global Trading Game
  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.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  Energy efficiency and conservation techniques and tools allow for wise use of our natural resources.
11:00 a.m. Measuring Our Energy Use
  Participants will split into groups to investigate energy use in the conference building using simple energy management tools.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Negawatt Diet
1:25 p.m. This Week in Energy Conservation
  This activity allows for interdisciplinary integration of language arts skills. Groups make quick presentations about energy conservation at home and on the road.
2:30 p.m. Understanding Carbon and Climate Change
  Participants explore carbon dioxide and climate change with activities from NEED’s Climate module.
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Energy Technologies and Issues
  Participants begin to synthesize and reinforce energy knowledge and select a session to explore.
Topics: Student Energy Teams, Mission Possible, Building Science, Chemistry and Energy Efficiency
5:30 p.m. Synthesizing the Conference
5:50 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Blueprint Connections and Evaluation
6:00 p.m. Energy Carnival and Participant Share-a-thon
6:45 p.m. Dinner
July 21 Transportation, Evaluation, and Recognition
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Now I’ve Got It, What Do I Do With it?
8:15 a.m. Transportation Resources
  Participants explore the nation’s leading transportation fuels.
Primary/Elementary – Pretzel Power
Intermediate/Secondary – Transportation Fuels Enigma
9:00 a.m. Synthesizing the Conference
9:30 a.m. Exploring NEED’s Website and Other Resources
10:00 a.m. What do I get?
10:15 a.m. Evaluation and Post-Conference Energy Survey
10:30 a.m. Planning Your Energy Unit
11:00 a.m. Adjourn

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, 2016.
Application: (pdf) (word doc)

Be sure that if you apply, you are able to attend the Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 28 and the NEED Conference in Washington, D.C. July 17-21, 2016