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What is the Youth Energy COnference and Awards?

The 38th Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards gives students more opportunities to learn about energy and to explore energy in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The annual June conference will have students from across the country working in groups on an Energy Challenge designed to stretch their minds and energy knowledge.

Full STEM Ahead — June 21-22
Want to stretch your mind even more? A limited number of spaces are available for a special two-day, pre-conference event which will allow students access to additional hands-on energy sessions, time to discuss energy with their peers, and access to industry professionals to learn about energy careers.

Hotel Information
Hotel accommodations are provided at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City June 22nd-25th for all registered attendees and June 21st-25th for Pre-Conference participants.

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

Who is Eligible to Attend?
Students who participate in the Youth Awards project and meet criteria as determined by the Lead Teacher are invited to attend the conference and awards. Lead Teachers will determine the number of chaperones required to attend based on school requirements. Families should check with their lead teachers for school specific eligibility requirements.

Project Submission
Have you submitted your project? The Youth Energy Conference and Awards is the culminating event for the Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.

  • Find out more about the program and how to submit a project at
  • And make sure to check out last years winning projects here!
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Triple/Quad Room Double Room Single Room
Registration $550.00 $640.00 $945.00
Full STEM Ahead* $150.00 $180.00 $285.00

*(Limited availability! All participants in Full STEM Ahead must register for the entire conference)

Registration Information
All persons planning to stay in participant hotel rooms, participate in meals, attend sessions, participate in tours, and/or attend the awards ceremony on Monday, June 25th must register for the conference. We are unable to offer à la carte registration options.

Payment Plans
Registrants, depending on the date of registration, will be provided various payment plans. Lead teachers will be provided a payment form for reference.

Program Resources

All the stuff you need for the big event!


  • “My student especially enjoyed attending the pre-conference and meeting students from other states and really getting to know them.”

  • “My students work hard throughout the school year and this is a great way of rewarding them for their hard work.”

  • “Our students really enjoyed being involved in the pre-conference activities."

Event schedule

Want to know what to expect? An overview of the 2018 Youth Energy Conference and Awards is to the right. Download the pdf below for the full agenda.

2018 Agenda

The pre-conference agenda refers to the pre-conference event which allows students access to additional information, time to discuss energy with their peers, and access to industry professionals.

Full schedule (PDF)

Arlington/Fairfax Room
Arlington/Fairfax Room
Welcome to the first official event of the 2018 Youth Energy Conference! Learn about what you can expect over the next few days and meet your fellow Pre-Conference participants.
Meet your fellow students from around the country.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” – Albert Einstein
Students will work in teams to develop energy learning tools for local student organizations. Create meaningful activities to help others learn about energy resources, energy efficiency, and more.
Dinner on your own. School groups have a chance to go out and explore Crystal City’s many restaurants.
Chesapeake View - Rooftop
A great team works well together because they communicate. You’ll need those skills to complete this morning’s challenge.
Student groups will continue their work for local organizations
Hear from professionals! What do they do at work? How did they get their jobs? What did they go to school for? Think of some of your own questions too!
Chesapeake View - Rooftop
Join us for lunch with your career mentors. A great chance to ask any last minute questions, or pick up business cards!
Ballroom Level
Ballroom Level
Independence Center
Elementary - Presidents Quarters (3rd Floor) *Each elementary school group should supply one adult chaperone for every 10 students they send to this event.
Junior - Tidewater II (2nd Floor)
Senior - Arlington/Fairfax (3rd Floor)
Working in small groups, students work to address a real-world challenge. The challenge goals, parameters, expectations, and timeframe will be provided at this time. Each group will consist of grade level peers from different schools and will be paired with a NEED Youth Staff member to help them meet their challenge and create their presentation.
Independence Center
While your students work on their Energy in STEM Challenge, stop by and learn more about NEED, who we are, what we do, and what to expect this weekend.
Prince William (3rd Floor)
While your students work on their Energy in STEM Challenge, teachers meet to discuss the weekend, share tips, and ask questions about their time in Washington D.C. Explore some new NEED activities too!
Teachers will pick up their students in their STEM Challenge rooms. Students will not be release from their rooms without a teacher/chaperone
Regency ABCD It’s a night in Little Italy! Enjoy dinner with NEED students and sponsors.
*Bring trading items to dinner!
Regency ABCD
Meet Youth and NEED staff and get acquainted with your fellow award winners through NEED activities and icebreakers. Attendees exchange trinkets and memorabilia from their home states with other attendees.
Special thanks to American Electric Power for sponsoring of the Youth Awards Welcome Dinner.
After Welcoming Program
Ice Cream Social
Ballroom Level
Regency ABCD
Elementary - Presidents Quarters (3rd Floor)
Junior - Tidewater II (2nd Floor)
Senior - Arlington/Fairfax (3rd Floor)
Join your groups from yesterday and work together on your Solution to the Energy in STEM Challenge.
Prince William (3rd Floor) Teachers receive additional professional development on Energy while students work with NEED’s Youth Staff and Mentor Teachers. At the end of the teacher session, Lead Teachers may pick up tour tickets.
Regency ABCD
Wonder what your students have been up to all year? Spend a few hours having some fun with STEM! Stretch your science mind and partake in a little light-hearted competition among adults.
Teachers and Parents, come join our Elementary students to learn about their energy inventions.
Teachers will pick up their students in their STEM Challenge rooms. Students will not be release from their rooms without a teacher/chaperone
Open touring of Washington’s memorials, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian museums, and other points of interest aboard the Big Bus Sightseeing double decker bus or via Metro.
Youth Staff will walk groups to Metro.
Evening Options include: Big Bus Night Tour, Kennedy Center, Baseball, Arena Stage, Ghost Tours, Monuments Tour on your own, etc. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Washington’s culinary hot spots and favorites!
Regency ABCD
Ballroom Level
Helpful Hint: You should plan to arrive back at the Hyatt no later than 4 p.m. to change and get ready for the cruise!
5:15 p.m. Shuttle A Departs
6:00 p.m. Shuttle B Departs
Buses will take you to the pier for a tropical-themed cruise down the Potomac River and give you a chance to get to know more NEED friends. Be sure to wear your tropical gear! After the boat returns to the dock, NEED staff will ask groups to stay together in lines to facilitate easy bus loading, and to return to the hotel.
Ballroom Level
Independence Center
Get ready for Youth Awards Ceremony, pack up, and check out. Luggage may be stored in this area until 9 p.m.
Regency ABCD
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony Begins

Presentation of the Colors
Welcome Speaker Keynote Speaker
State Awards Presentation
National Awards Student Presentations

Pack up and check out. Luggage may be stored in this area until 9 p.m.

2018 Youth Conference Slideshow

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