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National Energy Conference for Educators

July 17-21, 2016
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

Tentative 2016 Conference Agenda

Day 1  
2:30 p.m. Registration
3:30 p.m. Blade Design Challenge
4:15 p.m. Introduction to the National Energy Conference for Educators
5:00 p.m. Kids Teaching Kids – Student Recognition
5:15 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Planning Guide Connections, Evaluation
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Day 2  
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Science of Energy
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
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Forms of Energy to Energy Sources – Energy Expos
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Energy Expo Explorations
2:00 p.m. Introduction to Electricity Generation and Baseload Balance
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Sources of Energy Sessions
Primary and Elementary: Energy in the Balance
Intermediate and Secondary: Energy Enigma
4:15 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Planning Guide Connections and Evaluation
4:45 p.m. Synthesizing the Conference
5:15 p.m. Dinner on your own
Day 3  
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Exploring Energy Break-out Sessions
Oil and Natural Gas
Energy and the Arts
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Energy Night Live
10:00 a.m. Peak Oil
11:15 a.m. Energy Night Live part 2
11:30 a.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Planning Guide Connections and
11:45 a.m. Synthesizing the Conference
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Fieldtrip
4:00 p.m. Adjourn for the Evening; Dinner on Your Own
Day 4  
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation
8:30 a.m. Investigating Energy Use
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. This Week in Energy Conservation, Energy Stories and More, Energy Rock Performances
10:45 a.m. Understanding Carbon and Climate Change
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Energy Expert Panels
1:45 p.m. Global Trading Game
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Energy Explorations
Student Energy Teams
Mission Possible
Electricity and the Power Grid
4:15 p.m. Synthesizing the Conference
4:30 p.m. NEED Resources, Q&A, Planning Guide Connections and Evaluation
4:45 p.m. Energy Carnival and Participant Share-a-thon
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Day 5  
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Transportation Resources
8:15 a.m. Synthesizing the Conference
8:45 a.m. Exploring NEED’s Website and Other Resources
9:15 a.m. What do I get?
9:30 a.m. Evaluation and Post-Conference Energy Survey
10:00 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, 2017.
Application:    (PDF)    (Word)

Be sure that if you apply, you are able to attend the Award Ceremony in June and the NEED Conference in July 2017