National Energy Conference
for Educators
Each July NEED hosts a National Energy Conference, which brings together educators from across the country that are passionate about learning and teaching about energy and STEM! In five interactive days, the conference provides educators with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, climate science, electricity, efficiency and conservation, and more!

Conference participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles.

The 2021 Conference was safely hosted in person at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico from July 18-22 with 94 educators in attendance from across 16 states!

A huge thank you to ConocoPhillips, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Shell for helping sponsor educators to attend this valuable conference!
Energy Conferences and Workshops
Interested in attending the 2022 National Energy Conference?
We’re heading back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, but this time it will be hosted at the Sandia Resort & Casino from July 24-28, 2022.  Accepting applications! View details and to apply at
“Absolutely one of the best PD’s ever, great resources
and contacts!”
“Great connections, wonderful people, excellent resources.”
“The NEED facilitators had a great positive energy and showed genuine concern for explaining their material to us.”
“My mind was blown, I learned so much about energy!”
Massachusetts Energy Conference for Educators – Virtual!
August 1-4, 2021
The Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, Columbia Gas Massachusetts, and Berkshire Gas in partnership with The NEED Project hosted the second annual Massachusetts Energy Conference for Educators. We had 16 Massachusetts educators engaged in 4 great days of networking, fun, and energy in Zoom! Conference participants received Energy Efficiency and Conservation kits, Science of Energy kits and other fun resources and curriculum to bring back to their classroom for exciting, hands-on lessons to use with their students.
“I liked having the opportunity to meet with teachers teaching the same subject/grade levels.”
“Well organized conference! I want to go next year!”
“Looking forward to the next conference next summer. Really enjoyed the activities and the presenters. I definitely can use all the hands-on activities and other activities with my students in class.”
Conference Highlights
99% liked the virtual path taken to still host the conference.
100% will recommend attending this conference to a colleague/peer.
100% were satisfied with the virtual conference overall.
100% agree attending improved their knowledge of energy, efficiency, and conservation
2021 NEED Workshops
Workshop Evaluation Highlights
Based on 1,346 responses
agree the curriculum meets their classroom need and is grade level appropriate.

agree the workshop increased their energy knowledge and will allow them to increase their students’ energy knowledge.

will recommend the workshop and NEED materials to other educators.
81 Virtual
3 In Person
84 Workshops
Over 22,000 students expected to be reached utilizing NEED materials and curriculum just from workshops alone.
Energy-themed posttest knowledge gain reflects an average 75% increase.
Big thanks to National Conference sponsor ConocoPhillips
In 2021 NEED had...
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