NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize their classrooms!

General Energy Education · Science of Energy · Electricity · Petroleum & Natural Gas · Schools Going Solar · H2 Educate · Energy Management ·
Efficiency & Conservation · Climate Science · Wind · Nuclear · Transportation · & more!


Energy Education Workshops

The NEED Project works with local and national sponsors to provide professional development opportunities across the country. Now offering live online virtual energy education workshops! Our virtual workshops are inspired by the same mission and goals as our in-person trainings.  These interactive workshops are designed to improve one’s own energy knowledge as a consumer, to provide hands-on lessons and activities, and to learn new strategies to engage students in a distance learning environment by sharing hints, tips and tools for teaching in today’s classroom. One-day workshops are provided throughout the school year along with multi-day events during the summer. Join us! View upcoming workshops here.


Conference Sessions

NEED hosts sessions at many state, regional, and national science teacher conventions and conferences. View upcoming conferences.


National Energy Conference for Educators

Each summer, NEED conducts a five-day conference for educators — teaching about energy and how to implement NEED programs in the classroom. Scholarships are available for classroom teachers. Graduate credit is also available for teachers participating in the program (additional cost). Registration fee includes lodging (double occupancy), most meals, and materials. For more information, contact NEED at 1-800-875-5029 or view conference information online.


Hosting a NEED Workshop

NEED provides workshops for specific areas of interest for schools, STEM organizations, professional societies, and utility providers.  If you are interested in partnering on workshops in your area or at your school district, be it in-person or in a virtual setting, contact NEED at  NEED works with each partner to customize training to fit the program needs. Learn more about partnering with NEED to create a custom workshop for your teachers.

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Upcoming Workshops

Educator Testimonials

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Trainings you provide to us make our teaching easier and more meaningful and enjoyable, not only to students but also us teachers.

Virtual Worksop Attendee

I really enjoyed this training. Very interactive, lots of tools that are engaging. I will use (this curriculum) with my students!

NEED Energy Workshop Attendee

Thank you for putting on one of the most incredible PDs I’ve ever attended! I am putting a lot of what I learned right into my classroom lessons.

San Antonio Educator

This learning opportunity gave me the chance to connect with science educators across the country, and enhance my own energy understanding. I feel far more prepared to better teach my students this fall, especially in the distance learning environment we are likely to be in! THANK YOU!!

NEED Workshop Participant

The program has been such an amazing resource for teaching energy to our students. It is all very much appreciated!

National Energy Conference Attendee