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National Energy Conference for Educators

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Savannah in July 2014!  Check back here in December 2014 for information about next year.

Hilton Savannah DeSoto

Savannah, Georgia
July 20-24, 2014

Apply Online - Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014 conference.  Please consider applying for the 2015 conference.
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About The NEED Project

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with over 34 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, Common Core Standards, and state science 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.

About the Conference

The 2014 Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators, from around the country, that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. In five interactive days in Savannah, Georgia, 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, 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. 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 unites that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles.
Conference Details

Cost of the conference is $1,250 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 Science of Energy 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 as well.

NEED seeks sponsors to support teacher participation.
The goals of the conference include expanding educator knowledge of the following subjects related to energy:

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

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 and national education goals using correlations of NEED materials to the National Science Education Standards, Common Core standards and state science standards.

Savannah, Georgia
Established in 1733, Georgia’s oldest city boosts a rich Revolutionary War and Civil War history.  As one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts, the city’s architecture and historic buildings provide a wealth of touring options as well as a scenic backdrop for shopping and dining.  For information about Savannah attractions visit  http://www.visitsavannah.com/

Hilton Savannah DeSoto
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Built in 1890, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto on Madison Square is located in Savannah’s Historic District with views of historic mansions and Spanish moss draped oaks.  The Hilton Savannah DeSoto is within walking distance of dining, shopping, parks, museums, and more.  For more information about the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, visit http://www.desotohilton.com/.

Conference Sponsorship
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.
2014 National Energy Conference for Educators – Agenda
July 20    Registration, Introduction to NEED

2:30 p.m.    Registration and Reception
3:30 p.m.    Welcome to the National Energy Conference for Educators
4:30 p.m.    Introduction to Science Notebooks
5:15 p.m.    Blueprint Step 1: Science of Energy
5:45 p.m.    NEED Resources, Moodle Poll, Q&A, Blueprint for Success Connections, Evaluation
6:00 p.m.    Dinner

July 21    Step 1: Science of Energy and Step 2: Sources of Energy

6:30 a.m.    Breakfast
8:00 a.m.    Science of Energy
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.    Science of Energy and Energy Source Breakout
3:45 p.m.    Break
4:00 p.m.    Sources of Energy Sessions
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 22    Step 2: Sources of Energy

6:30 a.m.      Breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Depart Hotel for Elba Island
                     Tour Elba Island LNG Terminal
11:00 a.m.    Return to Hotel from Elba Island
11:15 a.m.    Lunch
12:00 p.m.    An Introduction to Oil and Gas
12:15 p.m.    Oil & Gas Sessions
1:30 p.m.      Break
1:45 p.m.      Special Energy Topics Break-out Sessions
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 23    Electricity (3), Transportation (4) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation (5)

6:30 a.m.      Breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Global Trading Game
10:15 a.m.    Break
10:30 a.m.    Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation
11:00 a.m.    Measuring Our Energy Use -
12:15 p.m.    Lunch
1:15 p.m.      Negawatt Diet
1:25 p.m.      This Week in Energy Conservation
2:30 p.m.      Understanding Carbon and Climate Change
4:00 p.m.      Break
4:15 p.m.      Energy Technologies and Issues
5:30 p.m.      Synthesizing the Conference
5:50 p.m.      NEED Resources (web), Q&A, Blueprint Connections and Evaluation
6:00 p.m.      Energy Carnival and Participant Share-a-thon -
6:45 p.m.      Dinner 

July 24     Step 6: Transportation, Step 7 and 8: Evaluation and Recognition

6:30 a.m.      Breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Now I’ve Got It, What Do I Do With it?             
8:45 a.m.      Transportation Resources
9:30a.m.      Synthesizing the Conference                    
10:00 a.m.    Exploring NEED’s Website and Other Resources
10:30 a.m.    What do I get?
10:45 a.m.    Evaluation and Post-Conference Energy Survey
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 March 30, 2014.
Application: (pdf) (word doc)
Be sure that if you apply, you are able to attend the Award Ceremony on June 23 and the NEED Conference in Savannah July 20-24.