Feel that warmth on your skin on a sunny day? That energy can be used to power homes, heat water, and even bake cupcakes in a solar oven.

All NEED curriculum is available for free download at the-need-project.myshopify.com/

PowerPoint Presentations

Introduction to Solar Energy (long version)
Introduction to Solar Energy (short version)

Solar Energy Animations

How Solar Panels Work (courtesy of SaveOnEnergy)


Primary Energy Activity: Energy from the Sun November 2001
Intermediate Activity: Solar Cooking November 2001
Secondary Article: Gamma Ray Bursts January/February 2003
Intermediate Activity: Energy in the Round- Solar September 2005
Elementary/Intermediate: Photosynthesis Simulation January 2008
Elementary Level Activity: Solar Energy Race April 2009
Primary Level Activity: Leaf Me Alone April 2009
Q&A: Jane Weismann, Executive Director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council November 2009
Q&A: Claudia Wentworth, President of Quickmount PV April 2010
Primary/Elementary Activity: Heating Water with Solar Energy April/May 2012
Let There Be Light December/January 2012
Green Jobs February/March 2013


NEED Currciulum Guides in Spanish

Energia Solar
What is Solar Energy
Energy from the Sun Teacher Guide and Student Guide

Energy At A Glance

Coloring Sheets

Coloring Book!

More Awesome Extras!

NEED Book List
Graphics Library