Summer Training at the National Energy Conference for Educators

About the Conference

The National Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators from across the country that are passionate about learning and teaching about energy and STEM! This conference is often attended by not only classroom educators, but energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs. 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, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts. While not for the faint of heart, this conference has been noted as being the most fun an educator could have while learning!

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 facilitators 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 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.

National Energy Conference for Educators

July 7-11, 2024

Philadelphia, PA

NEED is no longer taking applications for the 2024 National Energy Conference.

Details for the 2025 Conference will be available in early fall.

Please email Kimberly at with any questions.

WHEN: July 7-11, 2024

WHERE: The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia


  • Conference Materials and Facilitation
  • Local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city
  • Double Occupancy** Lodging Sunday – Thursday
  • Welcome Dinner Sunday
  • Lunch Monday – Wednesday
  • Breakfast Monday – Thursday
  • Reception and Closing Dinner Wednesday
  • Free Science of Energy Kit ($300 value) or credit towards a different NEED Energy Kit
  • NEED Curriculum Guides and supplemental resources

Local Conference Registration Rate (no hotel lodging): $1,600
*Pricing subject to change
**Lodging is double occupancy, meaning participants will be paired with a roommate unless opt to pay a single room additional fee of $400.


Some sponsorship is available for PreK-12 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.

The Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Award winner receives a $1,000 cash grant to the teacher for classroom use and an all-expenses paid trip to the NEED Energy Conference for Educators. Bob Thompson application/nominations are due by February 1, 2024. 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
  • Climate Science
  • Energy career and workforce development
  • Synthesis of energy information

Who Should Apply?

• Educators interested in Energy!
• Science and STEM Teachers
• CTE Teachers
• Informal Educators
• Museum Education Staff
• Utility Education & Outreach Staff
• OST Program Leaders

Questions? Email Kimberly Swan at

Applications for the 2024 National Energy Conference have now closed. 2025 Conference details will be available this fall. 

2024 Conference Agenda PDF

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 Executive Director, Mary Spruill, 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.

The NEED facilitators had a great positive energy and showed genuine concern for explaining their material to us.

I look forward to using some of the tools and ideas learned during this conference. I have a renewed positivity after this experience.

Sad that this conference is over. Looking forward to next year already!! This was a great experience.

Hotel Information

The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia

Hotel Website




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.