Summer Training at the National Energy Conference for Educators

About the Conference

The National Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs. In five interactive days, the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts. While not for the faint of heart, this event has been noted as being the most fun a teacher could have while learning!

Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school 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. Attending teachers receive credit towards a NEED Kit, access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources.

NEED lessons integrate energy curriculum into classrooms at any grade level and with students of all learning styles while focusing on the successful achievement of state and national education goals by using correlations of NEED materials to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core standards, and state science standards.

2022 Conference Details Coming Soon!

Exact dates and conference location will be announced along with the application open by early December.
Questions? Please email

WHEN: July 2022 (Exact dates coming soon!)

WHERE: New Mexico (Exact location details coming soon!)

COST OF REGISTRATION: $1,850 and includes

  • Conference Materials and Facilitation
  • Local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city
  • Lodging* Sunday – Thursday (single room)
  • Welcome Dinner Sunday
  • Lunch Monday – Wednesday
  • Breakfast Monday – Thursday
  • Closing Dinner and Reception Wednesday
  • Credit towards a NEED Energy Kit
  • NEED Curriculum Guides and supplemental resources

*There is a $350 registration discount for colleagues who attend together and share a double-occupancy room.

Local Conference Registration Rate (no lodging): $1,150


Some sponsorship is available for classroom teachers. Please indicate if you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding and sponsorship to attend. You are welcome to edit and modify this letter to share when seeking local sponsorship.

The Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Award winner receives a $1,000 cash grant to the teacher to use as he/she chooses in the classroom and an all-expenses paid trip to the NEED Energy Conference for Educators. Deadline to apply by is February 1. Learn more here.

  • Renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, and their development, use, and impact on economics and the environment.
  • Development and use of transportation fuels, and the connection of all fuels to the economy and the environment.
  • Efficient use of energy and the use of energy technologies for conservation and reduction of waste.
  • The science of energy, forms of energy, and energy transformations.
  • Generation and transmission of electricity.

Who Should Apply
• Educators interested in Energy!
• Science and STEM Teachers
• Informal Educators
• Museum Education Staff
• Utility Education & Outreach Staff

The application will open December 2021. Please email Kimberly Swan at if you have questions prior to then.

Want to know what to expect? The 2022 Agenda is coming soon. You may view the 2021 Agenda to get an idea of the conference agenda in the meantime.

The energy industry requires many qualified employees to meet the demands of a growing industry. Supporting the involvement of teachers and students in energy education is an investment in the future of energy. For partners in the energy industry, many sponsorship opportunities are available – sponsoring registration fees, providing speakers, and contributing to the curriculum materials the teachers use in their classrooms. There are many ways to make a tax deductible investment in energy education. Contact NEED to discuss sponsoring a teacher or a conference session. Reach our Program Director, Rebecca Lamb, at

Download the sponsorship form here.

Recent Attendee Testimonials:

My mind was blown, I learned so much about energy! I also learned a lot about how to bring that into the classroom and make it relevant. We learned so many great hands on activities that could be used for so many different things & easy to differentiate.

Absolutely one of the best PD’s ever, great resources and contacts!

Great connections, wonderful people, excellent resources.

Relevant, hands-on, and engaging!

Hotel Information

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The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with 40 years of experience in energy education and curriculum development. NEED’s materials and programs are an integral part of the energy education process in 65,000 classrooms nationwide.

NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute comprehensive, objective, hands-on, inquiry-based educational materials. NEED conducts student and teacher training programs, provides evaluation tools, and recognizes outstanding student and teacher achievement for grades K-12. NEED materials are designed to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students. They are teacher-tested to ensure success in the classroom and are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and state science standards.

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating networks of students, educators, and businesses, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.