Water provides so much more than a cold drink. Get the energy flowing with our hydropower resources.

All NEED curriculum is available for free PDF download on the NEED Shop – check out our hydropower curriculum.


PowerPoint Presentation

Introduction to Hydropower


Interactive Resources

Interactive Hydropower Poster
Net Electricity Generation from Hydropower (Flash required)


Energy at a Glance

Hydropower (small) (large)


NEED Curriculum Guides in Spanish

What is Hydropower


Coloring Sheets


Coloring Book!



Career Chat with Dwayne Alley: Powerplant Superintendent, U.S Army Corps of Engineers March 2007
Primary/Elementary Activity: Whats in a Drop January 2008
Primary Actvity: Make a Water Wheel November 2008
Elementary Activity: Height and Force of Water November 2008
Intermediate Activity: Choose Your Own Hydropower Adventure November 2008
Secondary Activity: Hot Topics in Hydropower November 2008
Q&A: Jane Weismann, Executive Director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council November 2009
Q&A:Charles Newcomb, Section Manger of a Wind and Water Development Team, Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Deployment Program October/November 2011
Q&A: Edward M. Baer,Chief Financial Officer, Ocean Thermal Energy Corp. October/November 2012
Green Jobs February/March 2013

More Awesome Extras!

NEED Book List
Graphics Library
PowerPoint Presentations
Energy Timeline
NEED Energy Video Lessons (Hydropower)