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

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


PowerPoint Presentations

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


Solar Energy Animation

How Solar Panels Work (courtesy of SaveOnEnergy)


NEED Curriculum Guides in Spanish

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


Energy at a Glance

Solar  (small)  (large)


Coloring Sheets

Halloween – Solar
Fossil Fuels and the Sun

Coloring Book!


Oldies but Goodies! Newsletters

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


More Awesome Extras!

NEED Book List
Graphics Library
PowerPoint Presentations
Energy Timeline
NEED Energy Video Lessons (Build a Solar Oven Activity)
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon®
Solar Decathlon Webinars