About the NEED Project
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with over 30 years of experience in energy education and curriculum development. NEED’s materials and programs are an integral part of the energy education process in 65,000 classrooms nationwide.
NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute comprehensive, objective, hands-on, inquiry-based educational materials. NEED conducts student and teacher training programs, provides evaluation tools, and recognizes outstanding student and teacher achievement for grades K-12.
NEED materials are designed to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students. They are teacher-tested to ensure success in the classroom and are correlated to the National Science Education Content Standards and to state standards. The mission of the NEED is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating networks of students, educators, and businesses, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
About the Conference
This Tri-State Energy Conference brings together educators (teaching grades 4-12), who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are members or teach students that are members of Tri-State’s service area. The three day conference provides participants with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts.
Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units for their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs.
Highline Electric recently had a teacher participate in the NEED Conference:
The NEED conference was an incredible experience. As teachers we struggle to keep the classroom innovative, interesting, and still a place to learn the students learn the necessary material. This was a great conference for hands-on learning and a seemingly endless amount of resources that has the student in mind. Energy is extremely important to me, so getting the facts and learning how the industry works will be beneficial for everyone. The tour of the building brought it all together because I was able to see first-hand how the industry actually functions.
- Craig Parker, Lonestar High School, 2016 Conference
To register or find out more please visit this year's conference page.