Download the catalog to view curriculum and kit pricing and to place an order.

NEED is adding new energy workshops all the time. Want to attend? Check out our calendar to find a workshop near you!


Afterschool Program

The NEED Project works inside classrooms and outside of classrooms. Some of NEED’s most notable successes have come in the Afterschool environment with students engaged in learning more about science, math, technology and engineering in a setting that allows for more free exploration than the regular school day. For many years, NEED’s curriculum and student development activities have been used by student councils, energy and environment clubs, Honor Society, community service groups, and many others. Beginning about 10 years ago, NEED entered into a partnership with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide afterschool curriculum, kits and training to the 4-H Afterschool program operated by 4-H and the Cooperative Extension Service. As part of this partnership, four curriculum modules and kits were created. The Leader Guides (which include student pages) are available for download. The hands-on kits that accompany the curriculum modules range in price from $200 - $400. These four modules: Light and Lighting, Heat and Heating, Motion, and Chemical Energy allow students to understand the forms of energy and energy transformations. Feedback about the units has been overwhelmingly positive, with 4-H programs as large as the State of Tennessee providing kits and training to all counties interested in the program. That partnership with the University of Tennessee is sponsored by a grant from the Tennessee Office of Energy Policy.

In addition, with the support of Philadelphia-based PECO, NEED launched PEEP Afterschool working with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Participating agencies include Girls, Inc, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Congreso, and Overbrook Environmental Center. This annual program brings the best of NEED’s curriculum and student leadership development together. Students learn about energy, then undertake a community project to teach their peers and families about energy. At the end of the school year, the students present their community project at the PECO Energizing Education Program Celebration at The Franklin Institute. It is a night of energy, fun, and exceptional students!

Check out the curriculum guides, consider hosting an afterschool program or summer camp (spring break camps are always great too) and contact us if you need our assistance making it happen!

Chemical Energy
Energy in Motion
Heat and Heating
Light and Lighting 
Blueprint for School Energy Teams