NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

Students learning about energy education

Keep kids’ minds inquiring and energized!

NEED’s hands-on distance learning energy content and activity suggestions are great resources for educators, organizations, and families.

NEED Distance Learning Resources



2022 Energy Conference For Massachusetts Educators

August 1 @ 11:00 am - August 3 @ 2:15 pm

2022 ICECF Solar Workshop for Educators

August 10 @ 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

All Upcoming Events



NEED designs and delivers opportunities and resources for teachers

Curriculum Resources
The NEED Project Professional Development

Professional Development

Working with education and energy advisors, NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize their classrooms.

Professional Development
The NEED Project energy training


Evaluation is a high priority for all NEED’s programming areas. Teachers and students participate in pre and post knowledge assessments during workshops and in the classroom.

Evaluation & Assessment

2021-2022 NEED Catalog

Find all of NEED’s resources in one spot! This catalog and planning guide contains book and kit pricing, an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options.

2021-2022 NEED Catalog

2021 Year in Review

Take a look back at everything NEED accomplished in 2021 during our conferences, workshops, student outreach, and more! As well as what’s coming soon in 2022.

2021 Year in Review



NEED recognizes student excellence through our Youth Awards Program.

Learn About The Youth Awards
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Youth Energy Conference

The Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards gives students more opportunities to learn about energy.

Youth Energy Conference
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Student Leadership

The NEED Project presents the Youth Energy Leadership Award to up to two students each year.

Youth Energy Leadership Awards
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Student Resources

Science Fair Projects, Infobooks, Games, Puzzles, and Activities, and more to get students and classrooms energized.

Student Resources



NEED has worked with thousands of partners across the country to design energy education programs.

Becoming a Partner
NEED sponsors speaking with STEM students

Partners & Sponsors

NEED works with a number of sponsors across the country, from private partners to educational institutions.

Partners & Sponsors
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Signature Programs

NEED creates signature programs for many partners. Have a program you’d like NEED to assist on? Let us know!

Signature Programs
Students utilizing partner resources

Partner Resources

NEED financial documents and annual reports, as well as useful resources, available for review by our partners.

Partner Resources



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Our students and their families had a blast at the The NEED Project Youth Conference and Awards in Washington, D.C.! Along with the MA Elementary & Junior Schools of the Year Awards, we also received a special National Award... Exemplary Work Force Education Project for “Outstanding project to teach/learn about careers and workforce skills!” Also, two sixth graders won an award for their STEM project developed while at the conference. One student said that her favorite part of the trip was "the trolley tour of the monuments because they learned about them in social studies class"! A special thanks to Mrs. Lyons, Ms. Lawhorn, the students and their parents for making this trip possible and for representing MAA so well. ... See MoreSee Less

16 hours ago

As you all may have known, my Engineer Energy Kids attended The NEED Project Conference and Youth awards from Saturday until Tuesday. My students and parents always do a great job and represent Short Line School - Wetzel County, WV and Wetzel County Schools so well. On Tuesday we had the honor of laying a wreath at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier at 1:15. We arrived at the cemetery around 11:15 and started our walk to the Tomb of the Unkown. On our way we were informed that we had to detour do to a funeral in progress. Our entire group stopped to pay respect before heading on our way.About 30 minutes later we were walking up a small hill and saw another funeral procession headed our way. We all moved over into the grass and without saying anything to the students I looked around and saw every one of them with their hands on their hearts as the mounted flag bearers rode by followed by the flag draped casket of the fallen and the funeral procession of cars. Not one camera was pulled out to film or take pictures, just silence and respect! Several of the men in the cars saluted our group as we stood there. One gentlemen from his car in the funeral procession was videotaping as the procession drove by and he gave us a nod of his head and mouthed the words “Thank you”. When we checked in at the Tomb of the Unknown, the kids were briefed on the process for laying the wreath. They listened intently because they knew how special this moment would be. Another group would go before us and I had the honor of recording it for the ladies that were laying the wreath. They bragged on our kids afterwards. Boone, Trenton, Rylee and Lilly did an amazing job laying the wreath. I couldn’t be any more proud of my students. The ladies that I filmed laying the wreath met me after our ceremony so I could send them their video. We got to talking and before it was all over it became an emotional moment. I’m usually not that emotional but after seeing all the funeral processions total it just hit me. As most people know I don’t show my emotions very often but seeing all the funerals on Tuesday (4 in total) just took a toll on me. As we got ready to leave and walk down the hill we visited the JFK memorial and headed down. I handed each student some pennies and told them to visit graves and reflect on the freedoms they had because of these men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice. While preparing to catch a ride back to our hotel we saw the police motorcade coming toward the cemetery. Once again showing respect our group stood in silence and showed respect by placing our hands on our hearts. As the motorcade of legion riders brought their fallen soldier home to rest. My story doesn’t do it justice of how proud I am of my kids and parents during this emotional day. I still have faith in our students, I really do! These parents have raised their kids right and I know this because I saw it first hand. ❤️🖤 ... See MoreSee Less

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Just want to say “thank you” for the large effort everyone involved did to make these events happen! Thank you for giving my son this opportunity to expand his knowledge base in STEM with hands-on activities he would otherwise not receive due to being a virtual learner and not in an actual setting. You are godsends!

Adapt2 Solutions Student Event, April 2021

Thank you so much for these science activities. My kids attended all three of them and they loved them. They had a great time creating and testing their solar oven. They really enjoyed every single session.

Adapt2 Solutions Student Event, April 2021

Curriculum materials are amazing and I love how they are differentiated! Great layout, details and materials are easily assessable.

3-5th grade teacher, North Carolina

In this time of modified programming , this ranks as one of the best hands-in minds on professional learning sessions I have attended.

K-12 Teacher, Massachusetts

Cheers to all of you. You have successfully delivered the BEST workshop I have ever experienced. Keep up this good and relevant work.

3-5th grade teacher, Mississippi
National Energy Education Development Project

In 1980, The NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education when National Energy Education Day was recognized by a Joint Congressional Resolution. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation stressing the need for comprehensive energy education in our schools, a reduction of our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.