From Mary E. Spruill, Executive Director
NEED’s team is ready for a 2020 filled with teacher and student trainings, curriculum development and delivery, our great NEED Energy Conference for Educators to be hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico this July and so much more.
One of the “more” things this year is our 40th Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards, hosted each June in Washington, D.C. and provides a deeper Energy and STEM experience for participating students. The conference includes workshops for teachers, students, and parents and an Energy Challenge for students to work together to design answers to some of society’s most vexing energy challenges.
Students will engineer, teachers will explore, parents will engage, all while networking with others and showing off the award-winning energy education efforts each school has accomplished during the academic year. The Youth Energy Conference and Awards showcases many of the best of NEED’s school programs and we know that teachers, students and parents will be excited and engaged during the entire event!
We are an energy organization, so it’s appropriate to think of how powerful NEED curriculum and teacher training is. Teachers and students train to use NEED in the classroom or in the extracurricular setting. They plan their energy units and think about what energy topics students most want to learn about during the year. They engage local energy companies and organizations to share knowledge, and they are powerful. NEED kids change ideas and attitudes by teaching about energy. NEED teachers provide the classroom support to help students explore, learn and form their ideas and opinions about energy. NEED students and teachers are powerful because of their knowledge and the skills they gain through NEED and other activities.
For the 2019-2020 school year, be sure to check out four new wonderful curriculum samplers (Energy Careers Excursion, Creative Energy Classroom Fun, Energy Sources Exhibition, and Stock it Up! Energy Storage). There is a LOT of energy and excitement ahead of us and we are thankful to have our teachers, students, sponsors and friends with us as we continue to seek even bigger success in 2020.
With many thanks,
Mary E. Spruill