Youth Energy Conference and Awards 2020

The 40th Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards will be hosted June 26 – 29, 2020. During the weekend we’ll have a series of Live Events – Quick Social Media (Facebook, Instagram) moments and activities. We’ll host some online games during the weekend too.

Before the Conference:

NEED will ship a kit of supplies, a T-shirt and a certificate to each student and teacher registered. Links to join the Zoom Meetings will be sent to all registered teachers and students. Parents, Family Members and Friends are encouraged to follow the program Live on Facebook.

Deadline to Register: Monday, June 1st

Please register your team no later than Monday, June 1st. If schools do not claim all their allotted spaces for the conference, those will be offered to other schools. Contact your teacher for information on how to register for the Interactive Challenge and Award Sessions.

Who is Eligible to Attend?
Students who participate in the Youth Awards project and meet criteria as determined by the Lead Teacher are invited to attend the conference and awards. Lead Teachers will determine the number of chaperones required to attend based on school requirements. Families should check with their lead teachers for school-specific eligibility requirements.

Project Submission
Have you submitted your project? The Youth Energy Conference and Awards is the culminating event for the Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.
Find out more about the program, how to submit and check out last years winning projects at www.need.org/youth-awards.

Participating Schools Resources

2020 NEED Youth Awards Press Release

Agenda | June 26 – 29, 2020 (All times are eastern) | #NEEDZoomAwards

Friday, June 26th

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Youth Awards Live! Join us for the Kick-Off to a great Youth Energy Conference on social media!

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Youth Awards Zoom meeting with Youth Staff Hosting fun games!

*Please email cweiss@need.org if you have trouble logging on to Zoom.

Saturday, June 27th

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Wake Up with Youth Awards Live on social media and watch an interview with a NEED youth alumni!

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy a fun game with the Youth Awards Staff on Zoom!

2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Watch for notices that we’re going Live from some of Washington’s Monuments, join us to look for Energy Ant, win
some prizes, and more! (on social media)

*Please email cweiss@need.org if you have trouble logging on to Zoom.

Sunday, June 28th

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Elementary Students and Teachers Join us on Zoom for fun games and activities and you will have a Wheely Fun Time at the Energy Challenge: Motion Energy Mania and Kinetic Kraziness!

You will receive a kit of supplies at your home before the conference.  There will be prizes!!

4:10 – 4:40 p.m.

For Elementary Students and Teachers on Zoom: The 40th Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards – Awards Ceremony
The ceremony will be streamed online in Facebook Live!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

Monday, June 29th

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Intermediate and Secondary Students and Teachers Join us on Zoom for fun games and activities and you will have a Wheely Fun Time at the Energy Challenge: Motion Energy Mania and Kinetic Kraziness!

You will receive a kit of supplies at your home before the conference. There will be prizes!!

4:10 – 4:40 p.m.

For Intermediate/Secondary Students and Teachers on Zoom: The 40th Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards – Awards Ceremony.
The ceremony will be streamed online in Facebook Live!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

Tuesday, June 30th

11:00 a.m.

Come together for Youth Awards Live one more time for some fun! Q & A session with the interns! Log onto social media to send us in your questions or comments from the weekend!  (social media)

About our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Frederic Bertley is a scientist, scholar, and evangelist for innovating thinking, ideation and challenge of the status quo. As President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Frederic Bertley is shepherding the leading Central Ohio Science Center to its next great iteration in a legacy of successful science center history. Prior to being President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Bertley was the Senior Vice President for Science and Education at The Franklin Institute where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of initiatives supporting innovation in STEM learning, the partnership with Science Leadership Academy (SLA), The Color of Science, as well as departments and programs that capture the history and legacy of The Franklin Institute such as the Benjamin Franklin Awards Program.

After graduating from McGill University where he studied Physiology, Mathematics and the History of Science, and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology, Dr. Bertley worked internationally in preventative medicine, and basic vaccines in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic. Bertley continued this focus by joining a vaccine research group at Harvard Medical School focusing on the development of DNA vaccines for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Bertley’s international footprint also includes collaboration on educational and science projects in Egypt, Paraguay, Senegal and the Caribbean.

Dr. Bertley has keynoted and been an invited speaker at several distinguished institutions including The United Nations, The White House, and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Bertley has received numerous honors some of which include: Honorary Doctorate (Otterbein University), Dell Inc. Inspire 100 World Changers, Harvard Medical School Dean’s Service Award, Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader of The Year, the George Washington Carver Award, The President’s Award (Merck), Citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, CEO of the Year, and two MidAtlantic, National Academy of Television and Science EMMYSTM.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to Phillips 66 and the American Electric Power Foundation for their generous sponsorship.

You will be notified as we add new events!

We hope that the plans we have made will allow our award-winning teachers and students to participate fully in the program and to engage, learn, and share in these incredibly complicated times. Don’t forget, you and your 2020 Award-Winning team are invited to participate in the June 2021 Youth Energy Conference and Awards, June 24 – 28, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you June 26-29, 2020!

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