About NEED

THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Nearly 40 years ago, The National Energy Education Development (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 in our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies. Since its founding in 1980, NEED has kept its Kids Teaching Kids philosophy as a fundamental principle of NEED programming – encouraging students to explore, experiment, engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

NEED is expanding and evolving to best meet the needs of both teachers and students – in the classroom and beyond.  In just the last decade The NEED Project has grown to encompass a curriculum portfolio of 100+ teacher and student guides designed to engage and teach teachers and students about energy. At the same time, the training opportunities offered by NEED expanded to include a variety of teacher professional development and training for educators and school district energy personnel as well. NEED’s work in after school programs, student clubs, scouting groups, and home school networks also continues to grow.

NEED students and teachers understand energy

They are local experts and leaders

In community discussions on energy use, energy efficiency and new energy technologies, they reach out to the public to actively teach about energy and energy decisions, and they practice smart energy decision making with their own families.

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NEED’s reach, program, and portfolio are very different than they were in the early years

The focus is still the importance of student leadership development

That sets NEED apart from being just another curriculum organization. A balanced approach to the discussion of energy is fundamental to how NEED curriculum is written, delivered, and shared. NEED creates curriculum and support for virtually any classroom and at any grade level.

Explore our Curriculum

Students use hands-on, inquiry based lessons

Exploring the physics and chemistry of energy

Students engineer turbines and generators, testing their models for maximum electricity output. Students write and perform plays about energy in drama class, calculate payback periods of energy efficient appliances in math class, and discuss the history and human impact of energy use in social studies.

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Getting Students Involved in Energy

Students learn how to design buildings better to maximize energy efficiency and to keep our buildings healthy. In career and technology classrooms students are installing solar panels, monitoring wind turbine output, learning about oil and gas exploration in shale, and exploring transportation technologies. NEED students are the future of the energy workforce. Students interested in engineering, science, economics, environmental sciences, law, geology and a host of other disciplines have a role in the energy industry.

We work hard to help teachers meet the requirements of state standards, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. As states adopt their new standards, NEED will continue working to provide state alignments to our entire curriculum portfolio.  We know this helps teachers teach more energy in their classrooms and we’ll continue to work hard to give teachers all they need.

STEM students looking at town energy layout

THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

CURRICULUM

Students at all grade levels learn about all aspects of energy—science of energy, energy sources, electricity, transportation, efficiency & conservation

Our Curriculum

THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

LEADERSHIP

Teacher speaking with students
Teacher Advisory Board
NEED Project Staff
Board of Directors & Staff
Mary Spruill speaking at a podium
From our Executive Director

THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

RECOGNITION

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. 

Youth Awards

THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

EVENTS

2019 CAST – Dallas, TX

November 21 @ 12:00 am - November 23 @ 12:00 am

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THE NATIONAL ENERGY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

NEWS

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Kristi Fehr of Cassidy Elementary stopped by the NEED booth at NSTA Cincinnati.  Shes a longtime Fayette Co, KY NEED teacher. Kristi won the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. She shared with Tyler that NEED helped her with lessons that allowed her to accomplish this award!

Kristi Fehr of Cassidy Elementary stopped by the NEED booth at NSTA Cincinnati. She's a longtime Fayette Co, KY NEED teacher. Kristi won the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. She shared with Tyler that NEED helped her with lessons that allowed her to accomplish this award! ... See MoreSee Less

November 15th, 2:11 pm

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That is so awesome!

Hey!!! 😎

November 15th is America Recycles Day! 

Check out your local communitys rules on recycling to make sure youre recycling correct items, not all plastic, paper, or even glass in some counties is recyclable! #recyclesmart

Plus - NEED has lots of great free PDF guides to learn more!

All About Trash, Talking Trash and Museum of Solid Waste and Energy guides help students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.
https://shop.need.org/collections/energy-efficiency-and-conservation 

#AmericaRecyclesDay

November 15th is America Recycles Day! Check out your local community's rules on recycling to make sure you're recycling correct items, not all plastic, paper, or even glass in some counties is recyclable! #recyclesmartPlus - NEED has lots of great free PDF guides to learn more!"All About Trash", "Talking Trash" and "Museum of Solid Waste and Energy" guides help students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.https://shop.need.org/collections/… #AmericaRecyclesDay ... See MoreSee Less

November 15th, 10:17 am

Big fans of wind at the Pennsylvania Wind workshop! ... See MoreSee Less

November 14th, 5:09 pm

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Big FANS of WIND? Lol! <3

What part of PA ?

Anyone at NSTA Cincinnati today or tomorrow? Come say hello! We're at booth #122...sharing it with The NEED Project.Don't miss former executive director, Debby Yerkes. She'll be working the booth on Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

November 14th, 3:35 pm

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