All NEED schools have outstanding classroom-based programs in which students learn about energy. Some schools have student leaders who extend these activities into their communities. To recognize outstanding achievement and reward student leadership, The NEED Project conducts the National Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.
Free to participate, this program combines academic competition with recognition to acknowledge everyone involved in NEED during the year - and to recognize those who achieve excellence in energy education in their schools and communities. The students and teachers set goals and objectives, and keep a record of their activities. In April, the students combine their materials into presentations and submit them online.
Obtain a loose leaf binder or keep a digital file in which to compile all of the activities, work samples, photos and videos you collect along the way as you work through your project. Use these items to help create your digital slideshow in PowerPoint or other similar software. Your slideshow must be able to be saved as a PDF for uploading once complete. Make sure your slides follow this format.
Reporting and documentation is limited to the slide limits set for each type of project. Projects with excess slides will not be considered in judging.
Groups may elect to submit video documentation with their submissions. Videos will be considered but are not required, and will be displayed throughout the National Recognition weekend and on the NEED web site.
The deadline to submit projects is April 15, 2019. Projects must be uploaded to the site by this date, and projects submitted after the deadline will not be judged.
REMINDER: Save your project as a PDF for uploading to the submission site. All projects must be uploaded in PDF format. Please make sure the file name includes your school name and category (schoolname.level.pdf).
Youth Awards Program Guide - includes information and instructions for completing a project and entering the program.
2019 Youth Awards Staff Application Download Applications
Check out the NEED blog for posts about what it's like to be a Youth Staff member.
2018 National Winners (pdf)
Check out last years winners and view all the fantastic projects we received on our winners page.
Students who participate in the Youth Awards Program and meet criteria as determined by their Lead Teacher are invited to attend the Youth Energy Conference and Awards.
The 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.
Check out the Youth Energy Conference page for more info!
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