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Local/Regional Energy Education Workshops
NEED works with our state and local partners to provide over 600 energy education workshops and in services to teachers and students throughout the school year. NEED workshops are designed to help educators implement energy programs in their classrooms while developing student knowledge and leadership skills. Workshops are provided for educators teaching Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. Participants are often encouraged to bring a team of students to be the lead NEED Team in the school. Workshops are presented by local NEED staff, or by a trained NEED Facilitator. NEED also provides professional development workshops to school districts, energy companies, and other training organizations upon request.
NEED provides workshops for specific areas of interest for schools. If you are interested in partnering on workshops in your area or at your school district, contact NEED at firstname.lastname@example.org. NEED works with each partner to customize training to fit the program needs.
General Energy Workshops
provide teachers with background in the science of energy, energy sources, electricity generation, transportation and conservation.
Science of Energy and Energy Resources Workshopsteach the forms of energy, energy transformations, renewables and nonrenewables.
Electricity Workshopsteach about electrical energy and the generation and the transmission of electricity.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Workshopsinclude instruction about forms of energy with specific components about chemical energy and the exploration, development, production and uses of petroleum and natural gas.
Schools Going Solar Workshopsdeveloped as part of the BP Solar Connection partnership and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Solar Schools Program teach about the basics of radiant energy and the uses of solar energy for electricity and heating. These workshops are great for districts with solar installations or those considering solar installations.
H2 Educate Workshopsas part of the U.S. Department of Energy and State Energy Office partnerships with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for example teach about forms of energy, hydrogen development, fuel cells and transportation technologies.
Energy Management for Schools Workshops, Conferences, and Training programsfor teachers and for school facilities personnel, school business officials, and school energy managers in partnership with the state energy offices, local utilities, and federal agencies provide instruction and standards-based activities about energy management.
Nuclear Energy Workshopsare often hosted at nuclear power stations and allow for teachers to tour stations or visitor centers with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of energy transformations and nuclear energy while learning about the use of uranium to generate electricity. Teachers also learn about current used fuel storage practices and the Yucca Mountain debate.
Conservation and Efficiency Workshopsprovide teachers the opportunity to learn about energy efficiency technologies and measures, conservation behaviors and residential energy conservation in an effort to reach students and their families. These workshops are provided in NEED's Demand Side Management programs sponsored by many utilities - Duke Energy, National Grid and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) for example. Families receive home energy efficiency kits to install at home to reduce electricity and gas consumption.
utilize the curriculum materials sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association and developed by NEED. These workshops are great for school districts interested in installing wind.
Energy on Public Lands Workshopssponsored by the Bureau of Land Management provide training about energy resources and the development of energy on public lands.
Transportation Fuels Workshops
(including biodiesel, gasoline, ethanol) for teachers or school decision makers teach about the many fuels available to transport people and goods from place to place.