NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

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Keep kids’ minds inquiring and energized!

NEED’s hands-on distance learning energy content and activity suggestions are great resources for educators, organizations, and families.

NEED Distance Learning Resources



2021 Oklahoma Virtual Three Day Energy Conference

October 23 @ 7:50 am - November 13 @ 12:00 pm

2021 Massachusetts Energy Education Workshop

October 23 @ 8:50 am - 3:00 pm

2021 Kentucky OEP Energy Education Workshop

October 27 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

All Upcoming Events



NEED designs and delivers opportunities and resources for teachers

Curriculum Resources
The NEED Project Professional Development

Professional Development

Working with education and energy advisors, NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize their classrooms.

Professional Development
The NEED Project energy training


Evaluation is a high priority for all NEED’s programming areas. Teachers and students participate in pre and post knowledge assessments during workshops and in the classroom.

Evaluation & Assessment

2021-2022 NEED Catalog

Find all of NEED’s resources in one spot! This catalog and planning guide contains book and kit pricing, an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options.

2021-2022 NEED Catalog

Distance Learning Resources

Keep the mind working and energized with NEED’s energy content and activity suggestions for students, teachers, and families affected by COVID-19 and distance learning requirements.

Distance Learning Resources



NEED recognizes student excellence through our Youth Awards Program.

Learn About The Youth Awards
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Youth Energy Conference

The Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards gives students more opportunities to learn about energy.

Youth Energy Conference
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Student Leadership

The NEED Project presents the Youth Energy Leadership Award to up to two students each year.

Youth Energy Leadership Awards
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Student Resources

Science Fair Projects, Infobooks, Games, Puzzles, and Activities, and more to get students and classrooms energized.

Student Resources



NEED has worked with thousands of partners across the country to design energy education programs.

Becoming a Partner
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Partners & Sponsors

NEED works with a number of sponsors across the country, from private partners to educational institutions.

Partners & Sponsors
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Signature Programs

NEED creates signature programs for many partners. Have a program you’d like NEED to assist on? Let us know!

Signature Programs
Students utilizing partner resources

Partner Resources

NEED financial documents and annual reports, as well as useful resources, available for review by our partners.

Partner Resources



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NEED Announces partnership for New Children’s Book Featuring 26 Energy Superheroes

August 6th, 2021|

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is pleased to announce a new partnership with award-winning children’s book authors Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman. Together, this innovative partnership anticipates sharing the careers, stories, and superpowers of 26 female energy superheroes who are powering our planet with teachers and students across the US.

1980 – 1989 Energy Highlights

March 31st, 2020|

1980 The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project begins on March 21, 1980 as a one-day celebration as a Joint Congressional Resolution recognizes National Energy Education Day. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issues a [...]



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Just want to say “thank you” for the large effort everyone involved did to make these events happen! Thank you for giving my son this opportunity to expand his knowledge base in STEM with hands-on activities he would otherwise not receive due to being a virtual learner and not in an actual setting. You are godsends!

Adapt2 Solutions Student Event, April 2021

Thank you so much for these science activities. My kids attended all three of them and they loved them. They had a great time creating and testing their solar oven. They really enjoyed every single session.

Adapt2 Solutions Student Event, April 2021

Curriculum materials are amazing and I love how they are differentiated! Great layout, details and materials are easily assessable.

3-5th grade teacher, North Carolina

In this time of modified programming , this ranks as one of the best hands-in minds on professional learning sessions I have attended.

K-12 Teacher, Massachusetts

Cheers to all of you. You have successfully delivered the BEST workshop I have ever experienced. Keep up this good and relevant work.

3-5th grade teacher, Mississippi
National Energy Education Development Project

In 1980, The NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education when National Energy Education Day was recognized by a Joint Congressional Resolution. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation stressing the need for comprehensive energy education in our schools, a reduction of our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.