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About the Conference

The National Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. 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.

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.

Conference Topics

  • 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.

Conference Details

The cost of the conference is $1,500, and includes double occupancy lodging, most meals, local transportation to and from the airport in the conference city, and curriculum materials. The conference is not for the faint of heart – but has been noted as being the most fun a teacher could have while learning!

Attending teachers receive credit towards a NEED Kit, access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs.

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. Limited scholarships are available. Please indicate if you need a scholarship when you apply to attend. Teachers are encouraged to seek local funding and sponsorship to attend.