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NEED MISSION STATEMENT The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education association incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The mission of NEED is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government, and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1980, NEED is a dynamic, engaging program present in thousands of schools nationwide. 2

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TABLE OF CONTENTS NEED National Staff NEED Board of Directors Message from the Executive Director Message from the Chairman Financial Statements

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NEED, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards Teacher Advisory Board

YOUTH AWARDS FOR ENERGY ACHIEVEMENT Youth Awards Review Panel Youth Awards Sponsors Student of the Year Distinguished Service Awards Primary Level School of the Year Elementary Level School of the Year Junior Level School of the Year Senior Level School of the Year Special Project of the Year Special Project Rookie of the Year Junior Level Rookie School of the Year Senior Level Rookie School of the Year


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State and Regional Contacts 30 Alabama 31 California 33 Florida 35 Georgia 38 Illinois 39 Kentucky 41 Louisiana 46 Maine 47 Massachusetts 48 Michigan 52 Nebraska 54 Nevada 55 New Mexico 56 North Carolina 58 Ohio 61 Rhode Island 65 Tennessee 68 Texas 71 Utah 72 Virginia 73 Wisconsin 73

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PARTNERSHIP AND STATE SPOTLIGHTS Alaska 32 Society of Petroleum Engineers 32 California 33 Encana 34 Florida 37 Hawaii Energy 38 ComEd 39 Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities 42 Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition 43 Kentucky 45 Massachussetts 49 Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation 52 Mississippi 53 U.S. Energy Information Administration 55 New York 57 ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 61 Ohio 62 PECO 64 U.S. Department of Energy: Wind For Schools 64 Rhode Island 67 Shell 69 Tennessee 70 U.S. Energy Association and the U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Fossil Energy 71 Sponsors and Partners 74


NEED NATIONAL STAFF Mary Spruill Executive Director Amy Constant Program Associate CINDY FOSTER NEED Distribution Center RICK HALL NEED Distribution Center Melanie Harper Program Associate Emily Hawbaker Curriculum Director ADAM JACOBS Accounting and Office Administration DIMITRI KARRAS Curriculum and Graphics Designer David Keene General Counsel Vernon Kimball Curriculum and Training Associate Rebecca Lamb Program Director KIM MOATS BARNES Program Associate Wendi Moss Program and Training Coordinator Annie Rasor Curriculum Associate Karen Reagor Regional Director, Southeast Todd Rogers Curriculum and Training Associate, CEM Barry Scott State Program Director, California Pam Seader Program Coordinator MELISSA SPENCER NEED Distribution Center bonny spruill NEED Distribution Center CARYN Turrel Curriculum and Training Associate Cindy Welchko Curriculum Associate


NEED BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Diane Lear, National Hydropower Association, Chairman Wendy Wiedenbeck, Encana, Vice Chairman Randall Luthi, National Ocean Industries Association, Treasurer Kristy Monk, American Electric Power, Secretary

Members Constance Beatty, Kennedy Middle Grade School, Kankakee, IL, (NEED Teacher Advisory Board Representative) Guy Caruso, U.S. Energy Information Administration (ret.), Center for Strategic and International Studies Kristi DesJarlais, Phillips 66 Margaret Downey, Barnstable County, MA/Cape Light Compact Linda Lung, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Kate Marks, National Association of State Energy Officials Michael Perna, ConEdison Solutions Barry Russell, Independent Petroleum Association of America

Honorary Board Members and Former Chairmen Paula Barnett, BP Phil Cochrane, BP Leslie Eden, PennWell Tom Fry, National Ocean Industries Association (ret.) Kevin Galligan, Cape Light Compact (ret.) Paul Loeffelman, American Electric Power Maurice Royster, Equitable Resources Linda Silinsky, Schlumberger Oilfield Services (ret.) Bob Stewart, National Ocean Industries Association (ret.) Henry Sullivan, American Electric Power John Weiner, U.S. Energy Information Administration (ret.) Richard Zuercher, Dominion

I love being involved with NEED! The materials are well organized and easy to use. They are informative, useful, and related to each grade level they are prepared for. Thank you for the job you all do. — Elementary Educator, Tennessee

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As we wrap up the 2012-2013 school year, all of us at NEED take a moment to think about the great things that have happened this year. When I make even a quick list, I am reminded what a great team of teachers, students, and partners NEED is, and how privileged we are to have a Board of Directors that collectively and individually believes in what we do. The NEED network has become what we always hoped it would be: teachers, students, and sponsors working together to teach others about energy. NEED is fortunate to have many strengths and grows on the strength of its relationships—relationships between our teachers and staff, between our sponsors and teachers, and between our former and current students too. NEED was “social” before “social media.” I never grow tired of looking at our Facebook page and seeing our students and teachers interacting about an article, a new blog, a great new opportunity, or even the occasional energy joke. On the days we are able to give away energy curriculum and our energy kits, it is great to hear how teachers will use the materials we’re giving away and see the speed with which they respond to opportunities. The teacher training, the curriculum development, the teacher and school grants, and the student leadership development activities would not be possible without a great staff and engaged, committed sponsors. Our sponsors are diverse—from small energy companies, to manufacturers, to electric and natural gas utilities, and energy companies whose names are familiar to everyone. Our sponsors are also individuals who write personal checks to support what we do. Why? Because they believe in teaching teachers and kids about energy. For many years, sponsors have come to NEED to help improve energy knowledge in K-12 classrooms. They also come because they recognize that an investment in students and teachers is an investment in the future of energy in this country and around the globe. As the energy industry seeks young, talented workers, our work in preparing kids for today’s and tomorrow’s energy jobs continues. NEED kids are great candidates for the energy jobs available in each and every energy related field. Perhaps even more important, I am reminded that NEED also supports the growth of great educators. From helping a current teacher expand his or her skills in the classroom to encouraging today’s 4th grader to become a great teacher, our work in energy and education is never ending and always rewarding. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff, teachers, partners, and Board Members. These individuals raise the level of discussion about energy in our nation’s classrooms and make a difference each day. We evaluate the data and we see the results—NEED teaches teachers, kids, and families about all aspects of energy in its role today and in the future. Those people teach others. It is all about the relationships and sharing knowledge. We have lots more to do and more people to bring into the NEED family. Let’s go! With many thanks,

Mary E. Spruill, The NEED Project Executive Director


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN This year, the National Hydropower Association (NHA) celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Over those 30 years, much has happened in both the energy industry and in education. Likewise, NEED’s ability to expand and evolve in its 33 year history is what makes it the success it is today. At NHA we continue to consider the need for an educated workforce a high priority now and in the future. Our partnership with NEED helps us support K-12 energy education, teach teachers and students about hydropower, and excite kids about careers in hydro and the electric power industry. The Hydropower Research Foundation is a contributor to NEED to support the continued evolution of NEED’s Hydropower Curriculum modules and teacher training. In July, we’ll host a Hydropower Workshop at HydroVision 2013— providing Colorado teachers with a training opportunity while they also get a chance to see new hydro technologies on the exhibit floor. It is these opportunities that make NEED successful. Working in tandem with partners from across the energy industry, NEED makes learning about energy exciting, relevant, and, most of all, fun. Teachers learn, students learn, and the public becomes more informed about energy. NEED’s team of energy and education professionals believe in what we do as an organization. They are selected because they are passionate about energy and education. The NEED Board of Directors represents the vast energy industry as well. From electric power to transportation, renewables and nonrenewables, and energy efficiency, NEED’s board members work to ensure NEED is healthy, strong, and continues to deliver high quality curriculum, teacher training, and program support. The companies, agencies, and organizations that support NEED each year make a difference in so many ways. Teachers receive training, students receive up-to-date, engaging, hands-on energy equipment and curriculum, schools reduce energy use through energy efficiency initiatives, families learn how to use energy more wisely, and our partners have the opportunity to make an investment that has a lasting impact. Together, we all make a difference. We also hope that individuals and organizations who believe that energy education is important will join us in our work by supporting teacher training, curriculum development, grant programs, and more. There is something each and every one of us can do to support NEED’s mission to reach students in every classroom. As we celebrate the achievements of our teachers and students at the 33rd Annual NEED Youth Awards, let me say THANK YOU to the teachers, students, parents, sponsors and staff that make NEED successful.

Diane Lear, National Hydropower Association Chairman

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Curriculum & kit sales 9.1% TRAINING Conference & Youth Awards 7.8% IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS 1%


other 0.6%

Grants and Contributions $4,075,784 Curriculum and Kit Sales 454,221 Training Conference and Youth Awards 389,555 In-Kind Contributions 48,010 Interest Income 3,383 Other Income 30,149 Total Revenues 5,001,102

Workshops and Conferences 1,639,760 Kits and Materials 1,212,265 Program Administration 903,574 Curriculum Development 653,558 Youth Awards Program 588,684 Training Conference 265,677 Program Development 170,051 Total Program Expenses 5,433,569

General and Administrative 257,370 Fundraising 83,761 Total Support Services 341,131

Training Conference 4.6% General & Administrative 4.5% PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 2.9% FUNDRAISING 1.5%

Grants & Contributions 81.5%

curriculum development program 11.3% administration Youth Awards 15.6% Program 10.2% kits & materials 21.0% Workshops & conferences 28.4%

Total Expenses 5,774,700

INCREASE IN NET ASSETS (773,598) Net Assets, Beginning of Year







Cash and Cash Equivalents $1,242,695 Certificates of Deposits $396,472 Grants and Contributions Receivable 780,233 Inventory 271,429 Property and Equipment, net 7,154 Deposits 2,189 Total Assets $2,700,172


Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses $193,355 Refundable Advances 15,797 Deferred Rent 13,592 Total Liabilities 222,744 Net Assets 2,477,428 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $2,700,172





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The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly light the John F. Kennedy world. About NEED

NEED students and teachers understand energy. They are local experts and leaders in community discussions on energy use, energy efficiency and new energy technologies. They reach out to the public to actively teach about energy and energy decisions and they practice smart energy decision making with their own families and in their own homes. NEED’s reach, program, and portfolio are very different than they were in the early years, but they still focus on the important student leadership development that sets NEED apart from being just another curriculum organization. A balanced approach to a discussion of energy is fundamental to how NEED curriculum is written, delivered, and shared.

More than 30 years ago, The NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education when National Energy Education Day was recognized by a Joint Congressional Resolution. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation stressing the need for comprehensive energy education in our schools, a reduction of our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. Since its founding, NEED has kept its Kids Teaching Kids philosophy as a fundamental principle of NEED programming— encouraging students to explore, experiment and engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains NEED designs and delivers curriculum and and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of support for virtually any classroom and at any the classroom—the energy of students. grade level—from kindergarten to high school NEED is expanding and evolving to best meet and beyond—from science and pre-engineering the needs of teachers and students—in the labs to language arts and afterschool clubs. classroom and beyond. In just the last decade Students use hands-on, inquiry based lessons to The NEED Project has grown to encompass a explore the physics and chemistry of energy. curriculum portfolio of over 130 teacher and They engineer turbines and generators, testing student guides designed to teach teachers their models for maximum electricity output. and students about energy. At the same time, Students write and perform plays about energy the training opportunities offered by NEED in drama class, calculate payback periods of expanded to include over 20 varieties of teacher energy efficient appliances in math class and professional development and training for school discuss the history and human impact of energy district energy personnel as well. NEED’s work use in social studies. in afterschool programs, student clubs, scouting Students learn how to design buildings better groups, and home school networks continues to to maximize energy efficiency and to keep grow as well. our buildings healthy. In career and technology

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THIS IS NEED 2013 classrooms students are installing solar panels, monitoring wind turbine output, learning about oil and gas exploration in shale, and exploring transportation technologies. NEED students are the future of the energy workforce. Students interested in engineering, science, economics, environmental sciences, law, geology and a host of other disciplines have a role in the energy industry.



NEED sponsors and partners know that supporting NEED programming provides teachers with the best in energy education and teacher support. Whether teaching the very basics of energy—forms and sources—or providing secondary educators with


The same principle is present in NEED training. Educators know that participating in NEED workshops provides them an opportunity to improve their personal energy knowledge while receiving valuable training and ideas to use in their classrooms—no matter what grade level they teach. Educators report that the curriculum is appropriate for individual grade levels and that the training provided allows them to return to their classrooms and use the materials immediately. It is an honor to know that 100% of teachers attending NEED workshops report that they would recommend the workshop to their peers and that they will use the materials in their classrooms.

Fantastic professional development, good activities for hard to teach concepts!


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modules on thermodynamics—NEED is committed to giving teachers the best and most up-to-date information possible and the tools to share that information with their classrooms. As educators request new materials, NEED works quickly to bring new curriculum modules to the classroom. In 2012, a request for deeper oil and natural gas materials was met with new modules at the primary, elementary, and intermediate/secondary levels. In the new oil and natural gas curriculum modules students explore the formation of oil and natural gas, simulate horizontal drilling, and learn how hydraulic fracturing technology works. Teachers continue to report that they do not receive adequate energy instruction in their college and university courses, yet state and national standards have significant sections devoted to the science of energy and to the energy resources used to provide electricity,

E A T C H D E E E R N S Y B OTHER 7.10%

9-12 22.19% 6-8 32.76%

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THIS IS NEED 2013 transportation, and products. Working with education and energy advisors, NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize and remind teachers of the fun that is possible in the classroom. Whether attending a one-day workshop or the five-day National Energy Conference for Educators, teachers interact and share ideas with their peers. Speakers from local and national energy organizations share information about careers in the energy industry and the exciting energy technologies in development today. In addition, as school districts continue to seek ways to reduce budgets—many turn to energy conservation as a way to reduce overall costs. NEED hosts High Performance Schools Conferences for school district facilities personnel. As consumers and community members, educators are a vital link in the process needed to make energy a priority at home, in the classroom, and in daily conversation. NEED believes in treating educators as the professionals they are, and in making their time with NEED instructors valuable,

entertaining and educational. Teachers often evaluate NEED training as “the best professional development I’ve ever attended.” NEED’s classroom and training offerings are robust, allowing all educators to find what they need within the NEED curriculum. NEED has long delivered energy curriculum and training with the science of energy as a foundation to a deeper understanding of energy and all of its aspects. Whether delivered to teachers, students or to energy professionals, NEED makes training fun, engaging and worthwhile. People participating in NEED training share that the experience is a good use of their time and that their expectations are met and exceeded. These are factors of success NEED works to achieve each day. NEED curriculum and training focus on several steps in the energy education process. Those steps, when taught together, make up a comprehensive energy education program in a classroom, an afterschool program, or a technical school or college.



Interesting, informative, and well executed. The workshop exceeded my expectations!

EDUCATOR from ferndale, wa Workshop SPONSORED BY Phillips 66




Students at all grade levels learn about the forms of energy—heat, light, motion, sound, nuclear energy, and electrical energy—with age-appropriate, hands-on explorations that emphasize the scientific process and an application of newly gained energy knowledge to understanding energy sources, electricity generation and more.

Renewable and NonRenewable SOURCES OF ENERGY

The curriculum provides comprehensive, objective information and activities on the energy sources that fuel our country, including economic and environmental impacts. Students explore the history of energy, energy in current events, and consider future energy development opportunities and challenges. They understand that certain energy sources may be better choices for specific energy needs, and they discuss and debate the energy sources we use today and will use in the future. NEED believes in teaching about all energy sources and helping students understand that there are many things to consider when making decisions about resource use.

My purpose in writing is to let you know how very much I value the skills, supplies, curriculum and moral support that NEED has given to me so I can give to my students. Many of my students have gone on to pursue careers in alternative energy or environmental science. This is the greatest gift of all that no pay check can compare to, that the students have been inspired to make this world a better place and the NEED curriculum has played a major part in turning these students on to these careers.



EDUCATOR from Clifton Park, NY


NEED students learn about the atom and the particles that make up the atom. They understand electricity as an energy carrier. They learn about electrons and how they move; they build batteries and electromagnets. They explore circuits and learn how electricity is generated and measured. They research fusion and fission, photovoltaics and superconductors, electricity regulation, and politics and policy. Students consider cleaner-coal technologies, renewable electricity, and natural gas fired electricity generation. They research nuclear energy as a growing option for generating the nation’s electricity.


NEED’s transportation materials cover the transportation fuels and vehicles in use today, as well as the fuels and vehicles of the future. Students learn about gasoline, diesel, hybrid

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Great pacing! Fun, friendly workshop with a wealth of knowledge and hands on too!

electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids. In 2012, NEED’s entire transportation portfolio was refreshed and updated with improvements made to Transportation Fuels Enigma and Transportation Fuels Debate. Teachers report that students are actively engaged in learning about transportation technologies while using the Transportation Fuels Exhibits as a part of Energy Expos. Moreover, students are eager to learn about the vehicles they will own in the future. In 2012, new hybrid bus curriculum was added to the portfolio thanks to support from the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. Students in districts with hybrid electric school buses have the opportunity to learn about the technology and consider transportation technologies available to them.


consumption and explore ways to reduce it—like using ENERGY STAR® products at home and at school.

SYNTHESIS Of Energy INformation

NEED’s curriculum incorporates activities to help synthesize energy information and create valuable connections between science and social science and the application of knowledge to decision making. Students undertake problem based learning activities and explore possible opportunities and challenges for many energy decisions. Students explore the global energy market using Global Trading Game, an activity designed by NEED’s partner the Ohio Energy Project that simulates the exploration for energy resources and the global marketplace for the EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION sale and trade of energy resources and consumer Learning to use energy wisely is the capstone goods. component of the NEED program. Students learn to read utility meters, use light meters, investigate phantom loads, evaluate information EVALUATION from EnergyGuide labels, and make the most use Evaluation is a high priority for all of NEED’s of the smart meters installed at their homes. They programming areas. Teachers and students learn about caulking, weather-stripping, and participate in pre and post knowledge programmable thermostats. They monitor energy assessments during training workshops and in the classroom. The online Pre/Post Energy Poll


THIS IS NEED 2013 provides educators with a tool to assess student knowledge of energy and NEED uses the data to determine areas of needed improvement in the curriculum and training. Teachers complete evaluations at local energy workshops and at all training events. Longitudinal evaluations are completed three months and one year after a teacher is introduced to NEED, and continue after that to determine maximum impact and efficiency of NEED programming. NEED’s Teacher Advisory Board of outstanding educators and subject matter experts review NEED materials for scientific accuracy, comprehensiveness, objectivity, educational soundness and effectiveness. NEED participants— students, educators, sponsors, and partners— evaluate materials and training programs, as well as new activities. Using evaluation tools

included with every unit, teachers evaluate individual activities and the entire NEED program. NEED believes in producing the highest quality curriculum and training possible. With annual updates as a core principle of NEED’s work, teacher feedback is immediately reviewed and alterations and course corrections are made if needed each year. How NEED delivers curriculum changes too— and NEED’s evaluation shows that access to online curriculum is important, but that teachers still find hard copies best for their use. Teachers use Facebook and Twitter and YouTube at times in the classroom, but continue to rely on email, mail, and word of mouth to learn about new opportunities. New e-publications were released in 2013 to share NEED curriculum resources on iPads and tablets too.


Can’t wait to use materials.


educator from beEville, tExAS WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY Conocophillips




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NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Schools participating in NEED’s programs are invited to submit portfolios of their energy activities. Exceptional teachers and students are recognized for their efforts at the state and national level and are invited to attend NEED’s National Recognition Ceremonies held each June in Washington, DC. At the conference students work with their peers to explore new energy activities while NEED teachers have the opportunity to network and re-energize for the coming school year.

Just like the nation’s electric grid and natural gas pipelines, NEED teachers, students, and partners are all connected. It is this connection that makes NEED strong, relevant, energizing, and successful.

I love the numerous activities and strategies to choose from.

EDUCATOR from EWA BEACH, HI, workshop SPONSORED BY Hawaii Energy


NEED, Common Core STATE Standards and Next Generation Science Standards Teachers across the country have been reviewing and integrating new standards into their classrooms over the past year. The Common Core State Standards and the recently released Next Generation Science Standards are new to teachers and provide both challenges and opportunities in the classroom. NEED is already ready with great content, classroom management techniques, student development skills, and the teacher training needed for schools to achieve success with these new standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted in forty-five states, four territories, the District of Columbia, and by the Department of Defense Education Activity. CCSS are divided into two main areas: English and Language Arts; and Mathematics. Because NEED curriculum guides already have a cross-curricular approach, many of them align well with CCSS standards, especially at the intermediate level with respect to developing and defending a position. The CCSS do not indicate specific titles for teaching specific skills. As a result, teachers can include more energy-related activities and reading within their classrooms. NEED can help teachers meet standards in reading, writing, and math while providing relevant lessons in energy and sustainability. All NEED curriculum materials have been correlated to the CCSS and these correlation spreadsheets are available to educators on our website.

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The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released to the public in early April 2013; the adoption process within states and territories is ongoing. The major difference between NGSS and the National Science Education Standards that preceded them is the integration of spiraling concepts and engineering practices. Another important distinction of NGSS is the strong emphasis on modeling concepts. Modeling begins as early as first grade, with the heaviest emphasis on modeling at the high school level. NEED curriculum guides provide many opportunities for teachers and students to model the energy standards. Tracing a carbon atom through the carbon cycle, or watching breakfast syrup “hydraulically fracture” a gelatinous material allows students to understand things they cannot physically see for themselves. Designing a solar home or analyzing weather data to site a wind turbine allows students to develop models while showing how engineers work every day. The ability of teachers to use NEED materials across grade levels will also allow teachers to bridge any learning gaps in their classrooms as they adopt the more rigorous NGSS. NEED’s content and recommended classroom processes engage and excite kids. What a great way to meet the standards!


TEACHER ADVISORY BOARD Shelly Baumann Rockford, MI

Barbara Lazar Albuquerque, NM

Constance Beatty Kankakee, IL

Robert Lazar Albuquerque, NM

Loree Burroughs Merced, CA

Leslie Lively Reader, WV

Amy Constant Raleigh, NC

Jennifer MitchellWinterbottom Pottstown, PA

Joanne Coons Clifton Park, NY Nina Corley Galveston, TX Regina Donour Whitesburg, KY Linda Fonner New Martinsville, WV Samantha Forbes Vienna, VA Michelle Garlick Buffalo Grove, IL Viola Henry Thaxton, VA Robert Hodash Bakersfield, CA DaNel Hogan Applegate, OR Greg Holman Paradise, CA Linda Hutton Kitty Hawk, NC Matthew Inman Spokane, WA

Mollie Mukhamedov Port St. Lucie, FL Don Pruett Sumner, WA Josh Rubin Palo Alto, CA Joanne Spaziano Cranston, RI Gina Spencer Virginia Beach, VA Tom Spencer Chesapeake, VA Jennifer Trochez MacLean Los Angeles, CA Joanne Trombley West Chester, PA Jim Wilkie Long Beach, CA Carolyn Wuest Pensacola, FL Wayne Yonkelowitz Fayetteville, WV


Student Leadership and


NEED’s teacher training, classroom curriculum, and other programs all focus on teaching energy concepts and developing student skills. One of the things that makes NEED successful is how we deliver energy information in an educational setting. NEED engages students. We have for over 33 years. Engaging kids in hands-on, minds-on learning is not new to NEED. In NEED activities, kids work in groups to solve problems. They work together to research and design presentations about energy topics. They create energy outreach programs to share with their local community members. These skills: collaborating, sharing, teaching, public speaking, even how to dress when you make a presentation, are all part of what makes NEED unique in student leadership. NEED kids know energy, but they also know how to get things done.



It is students that the Youth Awards for Energy Achievement was created to recognize. Throughout the NEED network, students are doing great energy related things. They are learning about the forms of energy and energy sources, they are exploring new energy technologies, they are touring natural gas drilling sites and visiting hydroelectric power plants, and they are creating video presentations and public service announcements sharing their knowledge of energy. They are helping retrofit homes and schools with energy efficiency tools. Most important, they are learning. And they are teaching too. During the year, students, schools, and student groups are encouraged to compile a portfolio of their energy education activities. In April, these portfolios are submitted to NEED for review at the state and national level. Teams of energy professionals and educators review the work and recognize excellence in energy education at state awards programs and NEED’s annual Youth Awards for Energy Achievement event in Washington, D.C. each June.

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AnneMarie Ashburn

American Electric Power

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity U.S. Department of Energy

Susie Fernald

Triangle Coalition

Samantha Forbes

Cape Light Compact ConEdison Solutions ConocoPhillips Dominion

Educator Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Debbie Haught

Hydropower Research Foundation

Smart Grid Investment Grant U.S. Department of Energy

DaNel Hogan

Einstein Fellow U.S. Department of Energy

Roger Humphreville BP

Marsha Lambregts

Encana Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence Louisville Gas and Electric/Kentucky Utilities National Grid National Hydropower Association National Ocean Industries Association New Mexico Gas Company

Office of Nuclear Energy U.S. Department Energy

NRG Energy

Diane Lear

Ohio Energy Project

National Hydropower Association

Cathy Lin, CEM

NSTAR Pacific Gas & Electric Company Phillips 66

Energy Manager Arlington Public Schools

Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Scott Kluever

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Einstein Fellow Office of Senator Mark Begich

John Martin

Office of Congressman Tom Cotton

Tyhler Raye

Senior Vice President of Business Development EVERFI

Shell Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development—Energy Division TXU Energy U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Energy Association

Chester Scott

Office of Minority Economic Impact U.S. Department of Energy

Merrill Smith

Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability U.S. Department of Energy

Sandee Trevino

Einstein Fellow National Science Foundation


STUDENT OF THE YEAR: BROOKE REAGAN Much of what makes Brooke NEED’s 2013 Student of the Year is evident in everything she does. In addition to her work at Upper Cape Cod Technical School, throughout the year Brooke stays involved in the efforts of the Cape Light Compact and the Bourne Middle School Energy Savers Club. Since she began her involvement with the Cape Light Compact’s NEED programming at Bourne Middle in 2005, she has volunteered countless hours to support the program, share her energy knowledge, and sometimes just to make sure everything is going well. She’s the type of individual you can count on—all the time.

Brooke’s 2005-2006 NEED team at Bourne Middle submitted a scrapbook to NEED and her club won National Rookie of the Year. Their trip to the NEED Youth Awards made a lasting impression. We know this because as Brooke entered her junior year at Upper Cape Cod Technical School, she made the decision that she was ready for a leadership position with NEED and was asked to join the NEED Youth Awards Team of high school and college students who are committed to NEED and to youth leadership. Repeating this great experience again for the 2013 NEED Youth Awards, Brooke is excited and looking forward to reconnecting with friends and sharing ideas and fun with kids from across the country! Because of her skills and great attitude, Brooke was invited to join the Cape Light Compact for her spring term Co-op and works with Debbie Fitton in the education program as Debbie’s “right-hand-girl.” Her responsibilities include recruiting and training student leaders from area high schools and middle schools, leading and organizing Energy Carnivals and new energy clubs for local elementary schools, and organizing the annual Youth Energy Film Festival. In her spare time, Brooke plays volleyball and basketball and is a member of both teams at Upper Cape Tech. Looking forward to high school graduation, Brooke’s ambition is to join the Navy. Brooke’s ability, attitude, and her sense of humor make her a deserving recipient of the 2013 Student of the Year Award. She joins the ranks of NEED’s best and brightest—who have made an impact on NEED for many years. NEED is lucky to have her and if the Navy is the final plan, we certainly hope to hear from Brooke from her travels around the globe. NEED students never really leave NEED—we are certain wherever Brooke goes, she’ll continue to be an important part of the NEED family. Congratulations, Brooke!

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS Each year The NEED Project receives nominations for the Distinguished Service Award. These nominees are among the most committed NEED teachers, NEED sponsors, and NEED friends. They represent NEED’s mission and philosophy by engaging students in energy explorations, by helping teachers learn how to effectively teach energy in their classrooms, and by supporting NEED with their time and talents. They join a long list of great NEED people who have been a part of NEED’s success for over 10 years. In 2013, NEED is honored to recognize three very special women with the Distinguished Service Award.

Carolyn Wuest

Carolyn’s involvement in NEED began when the U.S. Minerals Management Service and Chevron sponsored NEED programs in Escambia County, Florida. Carolyn first attended NEED’s workshops and began using the curriculum and kits in her middle school classroom at Workman Middle School. From there, she began facilitating workshops and sponsoring award winning NEED clubs at Workman and at Booker T. Washington High School. She joined the NEED Teacher Advisory Board and has worked with the curriculum team to keep NEED’s curriculum fresh, engaging, and fun for students. As a Teacher on Special Assignment, Carolyn was asked to take energy education throughout Escambia County Schools to help support the district’s energy management efforts. She taught, kids learned, and the district saved energy and valuable resources. Returning to the classroom at Ferry Pass Middle School, Carolyn jumped right back into using NEED in the classroom and leading workshops for Gulf Power

and the Florida Science Teachers Association among others. As she retires this year, we thank her for her years in the classroom and look forward to the extra free time she will have for NEED now. Carolyn, thank you for your years of support. Congratulations!

Connie Bond

Connie has sponsored the 3rd Grade “Wiser Misers” at Huntingdon Primary School in Huntingdon, Tennessee for over nine years. Connie’s Wiser Misers Energy Team received recognition on the state and national level in the NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement for 5 consecutive years and was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award, Tennessee Environmental Stewardship Award, Town of Huntingdon Pinnacle of Excellence Award, and the Jessica Andrews Youth Achievement Award. Connie’s students always excel. They explore. They are up for any adventure with Connie as well. When the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a Recycle Your Fridge art contest, one of Connie’s


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS students was the winner. She is an energy source workshop facilitator, camp leader, and all around all her own—engaging and exciting students great help, Connie has brought energy and throughout the community. excitement to NEED programs in Tennessee. Connie once wrote, “Our team wanted to participate in a In these last ten years, the Wiser Misers have project that would make a difference in their lives completed activities such as purchasing an energy and future generations as well. Our teams’ goals efficient water heater and CFL bulbs for Habitat include the desire to help others in our community for Humanity homes, donating to Relay for Life, and our world, learn work ethics, and participate recruiting families to complete the Tennessee in projects that help students on our team, in Valley Authority’s home energy survey, promoting our school and our world to develop life-long the Energy Star campaign, and sponsoring an conservation habits that will positively impact our annual Walk or Bike to School Day. Connie is a environment.” We are honored to have Connie in valuable and dedicated friend to NEED and to the NEED family. Congratulations! the Tennessee Energy Education Network. As a

Diane LEAR Diane has served on the NEED Board of Directors for almost ten years and as its Vice Chairman and Chairman for the last four. Her leadership and dedication to NEED have made Diane an extraordinary member of the NEED Team. Prior to joining the board she supported NEED’s efforts in her work at the National Hydropower Association and the Hydro Research Foundation. Her leadership launched NEED’s highly rated hydropower curriculum and teacher workshops and favorites of NEED students everywhere. What other NEED activities can leave you drenched in water at the end of the experiment? She has opened doors to many schools and NEED partners at hydropower dams across the country, and

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she works each day to make sure NEED has the support it needs to be successful. As Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Diane leads twelve energy professionals who believe in NEED’s work and who see opportunities ahead for even greater success. Her calm, thoughtful decision making and her ability to bring people together has allowed NEED to grow and expand. She is quick with a smile, always good for a joke, and an extraordinary person to have in your corner. NEED is lucky to have her in ours. Diane, thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for NEED. We are better because of you. Congratulations!


PRIMARY LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Lipscomb Academy Nashville, TN Project Title: L.A.E.S.: Leading Activities in Energy and Service Project Advisor: Ginger Reasonover

Lipscomb Academy (LA) “green team” members are Leading Activities in Energy and Service in school, state and international communities. While meeting twice monthly during the school year, the team concentrated on four goals. “Green team” members learned ten sources of energy, identified renewable and nonrenewable resources, and studied conservation methods. The team sponsored monthly “movie nights” to share knowledge of environmental concerns with LA students. Team members led the student body in recycling efforts by taking extra responsibility for collection, management, sorting, and packaging recyclables for shipment. They manned a recycling booth in the fall at ‘Nothin’ But Fun Day’ and organized Green Week in April to focus classmates’ attention on the importance of respecting the earth and properly managing its energy sources. Students demonstrated dedication to preserving the environment by working in campus gardens to provide an appropriate habitat for butterflies and grow nutritious food for energetic classmates. As team members model good stewardship through continuing projects, all Lipscomb students learn that energy comes in many forms and is transferred rather than destroyed. Furthermore, they demonstrate that their potential energy creates positive change; thus making an impact in the world.

At Colfax Elementary School, third graders got to be in an energy wise group called Colfax Vikings Go Green. Our goal was to educate our whole third grade, families, staff, and students about ways we can all conserve energy.


Colfax Elementary School We had educational activities and learned about Colfax, NC energy use. In science classes we had energy labs Project Title: Colfax Vikings Go Green and did experiments. We had lessons from guest Project Advisor: Janet Craddock speakers and a traveling energy performance for our school. Our group made posters, door hangers, and hosted tables at PTA meetings to involve our classmates, parents, families, school, and community. We held patrols around school to investigate energy use. We encouraged others to find ways to be energy smart. We took field trips and entered an energy experiment into the science fair. We won! Now our school saves energy daily, remembering to turn off lights, computers, and television monitors when leaving classrooms. We are proud to see benefits of energy wise habits by a reduction in our school’s energy use.


JUNIOR LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Heritage Middle School Westerville, OH Project Title: Renew Energy Awareness Project Advisor: Nyesha Clayton, Amber Harper, Debbie Pellington

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The goal of the Heritage Energy Leaders was to “Renew Energy Awareness” in our own energy knowledge, our home, and our community in fun and educational ways. We showcased this in our scrapbook by highlighting each of our energy goals at the top left of each page with the goal written on one of the renewable sources of energy. To integrate our goal of renewing awareness about energy through exciting activities, we wanted to make our scrapbook a fun reflection of our energy goals. To do this, we created an interactive scrapbook. The pages that are not enclosed in plastic, have some type of interactive activity to showcase our energy goal such as lifting a flap, a pop-up, a mini-book, a spinning wheel or choosing an energy answer. Even the turbines spin on our wind turbines featured on some pages. Additionally, our scrapbook was created using recycled paper to further highlight energy awareness and conservation. We achieved our goal of getting people to “Renew Energy Awareness” through such activities as hosting multiple energy fairs, NEED games lunches, NEED event stations, writing energy books to share with first grade students, and energy information tables at parent-teacher conferences and community events.


SENIOR LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Franklin County High School Winchester, TN Project Title: Far Out Power Project Advisor: Everett Smith

The greatest benefit of using the NEED Project in the classroom is having energy-knowledgeable students that can go out and make a difference in their community. Another benefit is how this has translated into my student test scores. My students’ scores on topics of renewable and nonrenewable energy are consistently above those of other students in the state.

— West Virginia Educator

Wow! What a year! We really spread the energy education message out to Middle Tennessee, our community and county schools. Our AFJROTC Energy Team was featured several times on RebelVision TV, WCDT radio morning talk shows and front pages of the Herald Chronicle. Our message reached more people than last year. We even did a televised energy presentation to our School Board and School Superintendent on what we learned at the 2012 Youth Awards. About the hippest thing we did, was learn about the solar power system on the International Space Station. Our teacher knows an astronaut. Lt. Colonel Jack Fischer told us about how he coached some astronauts during a spacewalk to fix the system. We did energy fairs at Motlow State Community College and the town of Sewanee. Our team taught/mentored two middle schools about energy science. It was fun making wind turbines with them. We learned about solar power and visited the solar plant at Duck River Electrical Membership Cooperation. We made biodiesel at Winchester Utilities. Nissan invited us on the first tour of the Leaf electric motor assembly line. Our E-waste drive collected 5,000 pounds. We collected 6,034 jeans, more than any school in the Southeast.



Westerville Energy Education Partnership Westerville, OH Project Title: Watt’s Up Westerville Project Advisor: Andy Boatright

SPECIAL PROJECT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Fayette County Public Schools Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Lexington, KY Project Title: One Planet. One Experiment. Project Advisor: Tresine Logsdon

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Westerville has been electrified with energy this school year. Watt’s up in this is Central Ohio community? The Westerville Energy Education Partnership has amped up energy in the school district and community during the 2012-2013 school year. Student leaders have been the high voltage force behind this partnership through training and facilitating energy education programs. Over 2,000 elementary students have been impacted by these student leaders through a variety of energy education programs. The Westerville community has benefited through these students taking home knowledge and becoming the energy leaders of their families, and also through different community based outreach events. The focus of these events is always energy efficiency. Promoting energy saving measures and behaviors to students and residents is the goal of all their efforts. But none of this process would have been possible without an electrified group of energy educators within Westerville City Schools. Teachers representing all 21 Westerville schools committed to the overwhelming success of the partnership.

The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council was formed in November of 2010 and is a project-based organization composed of a cross-section of environmentally passionate students from Fayette County’s five public high schools, Sayre School, Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington Christian Academy and Montessori High School of KY. Mentored by Tresine Logsdon and local organizations with a passion for sustainability, the BYSC meets monthly to discuss collaborative outreach projects, short-term and long-term goals, partnership prospects and leadership and post-secondary opportunities in all areas of sustainability including energy management, outdoor classrooms, waste management, water quality and air quality. Our culminating and largest collaborative event is the spring Earth Day Celebration. The BYSC serves as an extraordinary leadership and collaborative opportunity for our area youth leaders who deeply care about environmental quality and are motivated to work together with local experts and volunteers on projects to improve sustainability. Simply put, the BYSC is a team of likeminded individuals poised to raise awareness and promote improved sustainability throughout our community and our world. This portfolio includes the diverse, innovative and ambitious projects that our Council has implemented during the 2012-2013 school year. With energy as our primary area of sustainability to address, we recognize that each project directly or indirectly promotes the conservation or reduction of energy.


JUNIOR LEVEL ROOKIE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Hilsman Middle School Athens, GA Project Title: CONSERVE because we’re all connected Project Advisor: Audrey Hughes

The Hilsman Middle School Science & Energy Team had a great first year learning and sharing energy information. The team started the year with Energy Awareness Month activities during October followed by an introduction of the Trash Hunger Campaign that was reinforced with America Recycles Day. In the winter months the team hosted a Conservation Fair, attended the Green Life Expo, wrote grants to expand the team’s projects, and led multiple events during Energy Education Week in March. The team grew in number and knowledge throughout the school year. The team’s enthusiasm and passion for energy education caught the attention of community partners such as Athens-Clarke County Recycling, the Water Conservation Office, Georgia Power, the University of Georgia, and the city of Athens. Opportunities for students on the team and at Hilsman are expanding. Hilsman SET members were awarded 5 grants and selected as feature artists for an art exhibition. The Trash Hunger Campaign yielded $175.00 in earnings from recycling that was donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and UNICEF. Team members reached over 120,000 community members through direct and indirect contact through the media. 890 students at Hilsman and Clarke County elementary schools learned energy conservation information from team members. Team members inspired 303 other people to take action by taking the Energy Star Pledge. The Hilsman Science & Energy Team had a successful first year!

SENIOR LEVEL ROOKIE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Ogallala High School Ogallala, NE Project Title: Ogallala Energy Awareness and Education Project Advisor: Jennifer Jones In the 2012-2013 school year, the Ogallala Science Club set a goal to complete one energy related project per month. We started out the year encouraging students to reduce their paper towel usage by putting stickers on paper towel dispensers. The NEED committee also wrote and recorded a radio public service announcement, spoke to elementary students to encourage recycling, and put up posters detailing recycling. Our larger project in December was conducting a black out day during school in which all teachers turned lights out for the school day. That same

night, students wore black during the basketball game to advertise the energy reduction cause. We also recycled cell phones and printer cartridges. In 2013, we endeavored to begin fundraising for a school greenhouse. This greenhouse would be used in future classes to emphasize environmental preservation as well as energy in our environment. The NEED committee has begun writing grants for this cause as well as discussing future classes for the greenhouse. Also, in the future, we plan on having a carpool day and celebrating Earth Day.


STATE AND REGIONAL PROGRAMS The NEED Project offers programs in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Mariana Islands as well as working around the globe with partners in the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, and Thailand among others. Sponsors and partners provide support to deliver teacher training, classroom curriculum materials, hands-on kits, energy installations, energy field trips, residential energy efficiency programming, and school energy management programs to teachers and students. NEED works with local, state, and national energy companies, organizations, and agencies to provide energy education curriculum and training for classrooms across the United States and throughout the world. NEED develops curriculum and training to meet its long-term goal of providing energy education resources to every appropriate classroom in the country. In some regions, there is little financial support for energy education training and classroom curriculum. To serve these educators requires creativity at times, and NEED has responded by placing NEED’s annually updated curriculum guides, graphics, and program tools on www. In addition, NEED’s longtime work with the Energy Information Administration made the Energy Kids website available to students at the click of a mouse. NEED is committed to being available to every educator who seeks to educate, innovate, and inspire students to learn more about energy. NEED believes in a local approach to energy education. NEED programs in Alaska provide different resources and experiences than those in the United States Virgin Islands. All programs are built on the foundation of balanced energy education curriculum correlated to local, state, and national standards, and comprehensive teacher training to prepare and support classroom teachers. The culmination of many of these efforts is the NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement. This program recognizes student leadership in energy education at the local, state, and national level. The student projects detailed in these pages showcase the NEED network’s commitment to teaching and learning about energy. For more information about the Youth Awards and NEED’s programs, visit

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STATE AND REGIONAL CONTACTS In some areas, NEED has the resources available to have staff supporting state and local programs. In others, NEED programs are managed by the staff of State Energy Offices or other partners. Contacting NEED Headquarters in Virginia is always a good first step in learning more about energy programs in specific regions. Contact NEED at 800-875-5029 or at CALIFORNIA




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ALABAMA Aliceville High School Senior Level Aliceville, AL Project Title: Aliceville High School’s Energy Team Project Advisor: Lucille Hatcher In 2012-2013, we continued our success from the previous school year. We designed and produced energy messages about energy sources, electricity and transportation, and energy conservation. We sent our energy message to 43,208 community members and plan to reach the other 56,792 before the end of school. In June 2012, our team returned from the 2012 Youth Awards for Energy Achievement in Washington, D.C. and was on an ENERGY high to get started with the new school year. In August, ASAP Global Energy III (ASAPGE3) developed a mega informational energy web site for Aliceville High School that linked to Pickens County web site, YouTube, and the national NEED web site. This mega energy

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web site to date accumulated 2,922,538 viewers. ASAPGE3 Club members were also members of the BETA Club, which had 43 members. Their advisor has been recycling cans, bottles, and paper since she was 18 years old. A perfect plan came together where we combined the two groups to make a major impact on energy and recycling in Aliceville. The new group teamed up to recycle 15,000 pounds of newspaper. The money collected was used to finance BETA Club activities and projects, which included reading about energy to Aliceville Elementary School students during Read Across America. This is our 4th year at Aliceville High School learning and sharing about energy and using social media to share what we learn.


STATE SPOTLIGHT: ALASKA NEED programming continues to excite teachers and students in Alaska with workshops provided by BP, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 and the U.S. Department of Energy. Workshops hosted in Kenai, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Wasilla provided educators with hands-on kits and curriculum, briefings on energy careers, and Alaska’s energy picture. NEED also participated in the Alaska Workforce Development Conference hosted to encourage discussion about Alaska’s energy workforce of the future.

PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS (SPE) NEED partners with the Society of Petroleum Engineers to bring energy education resources and teacher training to schools across the United States and in some international locations, too. In 20122013, NEED and SPE partnered to deliver the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Teacher Institute (sponsored by ExxonMobil) and the OTC Student STEM Experience (sponsored by BP), training over 100 educators and 200 students at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. The teacher workshop allows educators to tour the exhibits—ranging from helicopters, oil and gas equipment, and drilling technologies to new computer programs used to search and produce oil and gas —and to participate in NEED and SPE’s Energy4Me lessons and activities. The student STEM workshop provides local high school students with an opportunity to participate in hands-on energy explorations, to tour the OTC exhibits and to talk about careers in the offshore energy industry with OTC exhibitors and tour guides. In addition to the Offshore Technology Conference, SPE and NEED partnered for teacher and student workshops at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, TX and the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference in Calgary, as well as a teacher workshop in London at the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Annual Conference and Exhibition. NEED and SPE work together to distribute the SPE Oil and Natural Gas resource book as well as the Energy4Me lessons and activities created for schools by SPE. Visit for more information.


CALIFORNIA Urbita Elementary School Elementary Level San Bernardino, CA Project Title: Use Clean Energy and Clean Our Earth Project Advisor: Amanda Ramirez, Amber Ramirez, Andrea Schindler

This year we decided to focus our efforts on renewable and non-renewable resources. In the beginning of the year, we took the NEED energy poll to see what we already knew. We found that we had a lot to learn! Our student leader, Amanda Ramirez, helped us out. She used the NEED Elementary Energy Infobook to teach us all about energy. We learned a lot! We decided that we wanted to teach others what we learned about renewable forms of energy. We broke up into groups and became experts in solar power, wind power, and hydropower. Our groups created projects based on these three energy sources. We made backboards and created projects that demonstrated each energy sources’ power. The solar group made a solar oven, the hydropower group made a turbine, and the wind power group made wind-powered rockets. We took our presentations to our local Sustainability Fair. We presented to the people who came to the fair. We even impressed a representative from the Sierra Club! Next, we will present to our school population on Earth Day. We hope to continue teaching everyone we know that clean energy cleans our Earth!


Pacific Gas & Electric, NRG, and University of California–Berkeley Educators in Northern and Central California continue to enjoy the opportunities provided by the Pacific Gas & Electric Program. The PG&E Solar Schools Program, delivered in partnership with NEED, includes energy workshops for teachers, over $400,000 in school grants through the Bright Ideas Grant program, and the continued data and electricity generation from over 120 PG&E Solar Schools installations. NEED is also honored to support the PG&E New Energy Academies in California. These New Energy Academies are California Partnership Academies as designated by the California Department of Education and provide workforce training for students interested in entering careers in the energy industry. PG&E supports the New Energy Academies with financial support, classroom equipment and resources, and this year we were pleased to provide $1,000 scholarships to the first graduating class at the five academies. In 2011, NEED and the University of California–Berkeley received a grant from NASA to host Solar Science workshops for classroom teachers. Now in its third year, the workshop, hosted in partnership with the Space Science Laboratory at UC Berkeley, brings the science of the sun together with NEED’s science of solar energy activities. In 2011, GenOn joined NEED as a sponsor of teacher workshops in California. In 2012, GenOn and NRG merged and will host four workshops for over 250 educators this year. NRG hosts its workshops at its power stations to help teachers experience electricity generation first hand.

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CALIFORNIA Independence High School Senior Level Bakersfield, CA Project Title: Falcon Autistic Solar Team Project Advisor: Kevin Crosby The Kern High School District Special Education Program includes a solar club for our higherfunctioning students with Autism called the Falcon Autistic Solar Team. The focus of our club is to travel to other schools around Kern County and teach their students about how solar energy works. Our Falcon Autistic Solar Team members peer-tutor other classes on how a solar panel takes radiant energy from the sun and converts it into electricity. This project helps to mainstream our specialneeds students with their peers, as well as provide outreach and awareness about green energy and alternative forms of energy. Our club hopes to provide an open forum, through our presentations, so that students around Bakersfield, California, will think about ways they can make a difference too. Throughout the year we are: Conducting solar demonstrations to educate other students; taking field trips to the California Living Museum (CALM); hosting an ‘Energy Run’ for the students at Independence High School to motivate them to think about how our bodies use energy; Using a solar oven to cook

vegetables and to bake bread and cookies; Flying a solar balloon; Studying how radiometers work; Building a solar Power House; and Building Lego cars and a Ferris wheel powered by a photovoltaic panel. We then take what we’ve learned about solar energy and scaffold into brainstorming activities covering: energy conservation, energy usage, forms of energy, photosynthesis, and electricity. The Falcon Autistic Solar Team also helps introduce the different types of energy to the students such as: chemical, nuclear, stored mechanical, gravitational, radiant, thermal, motion, sound and electrical. Then we discuss the main things that energy helps us do, such as: making things move, creating heat, making light, making things grow, and making technology work (running electrical devices).

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: ENCANA COLORADO, LOUISIANA, MICHIGAN, TEXAS, AND WYOMING In 2012-2013, NEED and Encana partnered to provide teacher workshops and curriculum materials to schools in Michigan, Louisiana, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming. Teachers have the opportunity to learn about energy and local energy resources while learning about Encana’s activities near them. A focus on transportation fuels and energy efficiency engages students and helps them learn about the energy resources developed in their local communities.

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FLORIDA A.K. Suter Elementary School Elementary Level Pensacola, FL Project Title: We NEED to Save Energy! Project Advisor: Deborah Pate

When we implemented the NEED program eight years ago, we never imagined the impact this program would have on our small school of 435! This year our energy club worked hard to learn about alternative energy sources and convey that knowledge to others. The NEED Project helped us accomplish our goals by providing us with fun, hands-on learning. We began our year by learning as much as we could about energy. We invited several guests into our classroom to teach us energy conservation. We wrote letters to the Governor of Florida and the Mayor of Pensacola, and we took a field trip to Ft. Pickens where we studied the environment. We baked cookies in our solar ovens and built shoebox solar houses. To increase energy awareness among others we continued our school-wide recycle program. We collected 550 phone books to recycle and we made placemats to put in two local restaurants. We designed grocery bags with conservation messages for a local grocery store and we put “energy” messages in our school bulletin. Our energy conservation efforts continue to grow each year and once again we feel that we have accomplished our goals to teach others about energy the NEED way!

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Mariposa Elementary School Elementary Level Port St. Lucie, FL Project Title: Mariposa’s NEED Project Project Advisor: Adam Archer, Mary McCartney

Our 5th grade classes started the NEED Project in October of 2012. We were very excited this year to put on a show about saving energy called “Santa Goes Green.” This play was for the whole school and the community. We taught about how going “Green” is good for our environment and future. Within our science classes, we completed many different activities about energy. In March, we held our Science Energy Night at school. An evening of energy chants, information and games, we had a great turnout and everyone had fun! Our focus was on solar and wind energy because we live close to the beach in Florida and it is always

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sunny and windy here. We studied how these natural resources are important and crucial to our energy future. Both forms of energy are abundant here in Florida. Our school project was to share with our community and students that solar power and wind power are renewable and we need to work to make these our main energy sources.


FLORIDA Morningside Elementary School Elementary Level Port St. Lucie, FL Project Title: STEMulating Models Project Advisor: Mollie Mukhamedov Our goal was to create power plant models that show the different sources of energy that create electricity in the United States. After completing background lessons from NEED units, students in fifth grade were assigned a source of energy to research with a group. That group planned and built a model showing how energy is transformed from the source to electricity. Students were immersed with STEM during this project. Students used science knowledge about forms and sources of energy, technology skills as they used meters, motors, working models, computers and ipads, engineering as they designed the power plant models, and math

skills as they calculated electricity used and cost of materials to design and create their model. NEED student leaders are helping to design a butterfly garden for the entire school to enjoy. Sharing with other students, families, administrators, and business partners will occur during the annual Discovery Day in May. Morningside Elementary is grateful to Motorola, the St. Lucie Education Foundation, FPL, The Florida Association of Science Teachers, The Florida Farm Bureau, and Lowes for supporting education and providing grant funds to make our project successful.


FLORIDA Ferry Pass Middle School Junior Level Pensacola, FL Project Title: Ferry Pass Educates about Energy Project Advisor: Carolyn Wuest

This year the Ferry Pass Middle School Energy Management team continued being responsible for the school-wide recycling of paper, plastic, and aluminum. We emptied room containers and supplied clean bags. We learned about the forms of energy and energy transformations by using the Science of Energy kit. We helped one of ESE teachers learn how to use the kit himself so that he could work with his students. We also invited him and his students into our classrooms for the Energy of Light and our Solar experiments. They also enjoyed using our mini solar cookers to make their own s’mores. The Thursday before Spring Break our students passed out forms to all the teachers, administrators, and clerical workers about shutting down everything before leaving Friday for Spring Break. Friday afternoon they collected these forms and turned them over to our assistant principal who used them to complete her district form for Spring Break shutdown. We investigated how many kWh our computers and monitors were using—especially since they are left on 24 hours a day for 5 days. We came up with some savings just using the 150 computers in our computer labs. We have a total of 693 computers, so we have more investigating to do next year!

STATE SPOTLIGHT: FLORIDA Florida schools participate in NEED workshops, receive grants and solar installations compliments of NEED’s partnership with FPL, and have the opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency at Gulf Power sponsored Energy Expos and NEED workshops. Gulf Power provides NEED handson kits and curriculum to schools throughout the Gulf Power service area. In summer

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2013, Gulf Power is sponsoring a summer energy camp for 300 students hosted at Florida State University in Panama City. The students will be working with NEED’s solar, wind, and hydropower curriculum and hands-on explorations! Summer Energy Camp = Fun!


GEORGIA Junior Level Rookie SCHOOL of the Year SEE PAGE 25 Hilsman Middle School Athens, GA Project Title: CONSERVE because we’re all connected Project Advisor: Audrey Hughes


In 2012-2013, NEED programming with Hawaii Energy grew to include a Hawaii Energy Teacher Advisory Board. This group will guide the activities of the program as well as a new school grant program for teachers to bring new energy ideas to their classrooms. As the education partner for Hawaii Energy’s extensive energy outreach, training and efficiency efforts, NEED delivers energy

workshops for teachers, supports student training efforts, and works to make the best education programming available to Hawaii teachers and students. Workshops for teachers are hosted on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and Molokai. Other activities include supporting summer energy camps for students.


ILLINOIS Hoover Math and Science Academy Elementary Level Schaumburg, IL Project Title: Hoover’s Got GAME … We’re Energized! Project Advisor: Karen White

Game on, Hoover! We are here to play ball! We took a shot and made our goal: to motivate and energize all of HMSA by adopting and sharing our knowledge with all the classes from K to 6. And we hit it out of the park! Fans of the Energy Games cheered for Energy Source Scavenger Hunt, Trash Talk, Missing Line-up, Smarter Than a S.H.A.R.E. Kid, and Disappearing Garbage. You can play all and earn Energy Coupons for the S.H.A.R.E. Store. Students even created Energy Game trophies from recycled materials. Earth Week is our World Series: Make-a-Choice Monday, Take-a-Hike Tuesday, No-Waste Wednesday, Think-Hard Thursday (Energy Bingo over the loud speaker), and Freshen-up Friday. But the S.H.A.R.E. Kids needed a strong team to reach the championship. We recruited the fifth graders. These students kicked off their energy quest with a visit from Think! Energy experts. After receiving their home conservation kit, they got to work on sharing their knowledge. Next they visited the amazing geothermal site at Sherman Hospital. Engineers from Siemens will come to add to the fun. There were Science of Energy stations and energy activities galore. These energy rookies were ready to pitch in and help the S.H.A.R.E. Kids’ mission—educate and energize the Hoover Community! It is a SLAM DUNK for ENERGY at HMSA!

PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: COMED Teachers in northern Illinois are provided teacher training, and a Science of Energy Kit, as part of the ComEd energy education program. NEED and ComEd design teacher workshops to meet Illinois state standards while helping increase energy conservation at home and in school. A program expansion in 2011-2012 provided training and classroom resources to over 600 educators. The program, one of the largest utility programs in the NEED network, reaches educators with many varieties of workshops at specific grade levels.

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ILLINOIS Kennedy Middle Grade School Junior Level Kankakee, IL Project Title: Energy Extravaganza Project Advisor: Constance Beatty The project Mrs. Beatty’s 5/6th grade gifted class worked on this year had several different goals. We wanted to learn about the 10 energy sources, teach others about energy, raise money to attend Youth Awards, visit the Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart House, and to understand energy efficiency and conservation. We did this project in conjunction with our science curriculum so we took notes on the 10 energy sources and had quizzes on each source. Our class took a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry and was able to tour the ComEd Smart House. It was a cool tour and we learned about energy efficiency and conservation during that tour. We put together an Energy Carnival with NEED’s curriculum and held it in February for our entire school. Our class had a LOT of fundraisers so that we would have enough money to attend Youth Awards in Washington D.C. this summer. We also are going to be a part of an Earth Day Event where we will again teach people about energy through the Energy Carnival. It has been a lot of fun and we have learned many different concepts about energy and life.

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KENTUCKY Waco Elementary School Waco, KY Project Title: Going Green Project Advisor: Amanda Prewitt The fifth grade at Waco Elementary and the Green Team partnered with several community organizations this year in order to begin efforts in becoming more energy efficient. The three main organizations who have committed to helping the students by providing resources, lessons within the classroom, and field trips are NEED, Bluegrass Pride, and 4-H. Through the collaboration between these community organizations and the students, the fifth graders have begun educating not only students and staff within our building, but also in outreach and partnership within our community and district level staff in Madison County. Some of the accomplishments this group have made so far have been learning information through NEED about the forms and sources of energy, conducting our first energy audit school wide, hosting a school wide energy expo, establishing a green team, implementing a school wide recycling program, and purchasing devices that use less energy. Through these efforts made by students, Waco has already begun making changes to the lighting, computers, and the amount of waste used across the building. These students have laid the ground work for this project to continue to grow year after year with future students at Waco.

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NATIONAL junior Level FINALIST Muhlenberg South Middle School Greenville, KY Project Title: Sunergy Project Advisor: Sherrie Brown

The Energy Team at Muhlenberg South Middle School had to fulfill two goals for the 2012-2013 school year. Those goals were to examine energy consumption at our school, and to educate staff, students, students’ families, and the community about energy consumption and conservation. Our team used the Monitoring and Mentoring kit to measure, document, and correct energy deficiencies at MSMS. We used our findings to help educate staff and students on energy by teaching classes and having one-on-one discussions. The team presented our principal and site based council with the findings and began the first recycling team for our school. The money collected from recycling was used to purchase energy efficient light bulbs and smart strips for classrooms and computer labs. The creation of “Energy Facts” is being read during our morning announcements at school to educate both staff and students. Our team created “Caught You Being Energy Aware” cards to give out to students and staff that are conserving energy at MSMS. Finally, the Energy Team taught all 6th and 7th graders at our school the six Science of Energy stations, and helped facilitate a NEED workshop in Madisonville, Kentucky.


KENTUCKY Tichenor Middle School Junior Level Erlanger, KY Project Title: Energy Patrol Project Advisor: Jennifer Davis

This year at Tichenor Middle School we have been doing many things to learn about energy. One thing we did was we observed and recorded how much energy things in our school and homes used and came up with ways to use less energy. We looked at things like insulation, heating and air units, windows, and appliances. We also looked around and found out that we have eleven vending machines in our district and are working on getting a grant for Vending Misers, which are small machines that make the vending machine shut off every so often so that a lot less energy is used. Also at the end of every energy club meeting we have sent out students throughout our school to look in classrooms and computer labs to make sure all computers and lights are shut down. By doing this we are cutting down costs in our school. We have been working on Science of Energy stations, which focus on different types of energy and how they are made. We are going to our four elementary schools on Wednesday April 24 to teach the fourth graders at the schools about our stations and about what we have learned in energy club. As you can see our energy club has been doing many things to learn about and save energy.


Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities Four Kentucky NEED Regional Coordinators worked with K-8 schools in 86 school districts across the Commonwealth during the 2012-13 school year, as part of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E/KU) Children’s Energy Education Program. Charged with establishing embedded energy education programs in K-8 schools receiving their electricity from either LG&E or KU utilities, the coordinators worked full-time to achieve this goal. They provided teachers with professional development opportunities, made classroom presentations and assisted schools in establishing and/or maintaining their student energy teams. Eight one-day NEED workshops were held for the teachers, introducing them to NEED’s energy education resources and providing them with hands-on kits for their students. Sixteen LG&E/KU schools submitted portfolios of their year-long energy activities in NEED’s Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Of these Kentucky entries, four went on to place at the national level.


kentucky PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: KENTUCKY CLEAN FUELS COALITION The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) partnered with NEED to design hybrid bus curriculum for classrooms and to provide four Kentucky teacher workshops highlighting Kentucky’s fleet of over 160 hybrid electric school buses. Each workshop provided classroom teachers with NEED curriculum followed by information about hybrid electric buses and methods for teaching students how to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles. Students use data recorded on the KCFC website to compare and evaluate results across the Commonwealth.

Adair County High School Columbia, KY Project Title: Going Green & Staying Clean Project Advisor: Heather Spoon

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The Energy Technology Career Academy boasts multiple students, each with a unique thought process and skill set that lends itself to each project in a unique way. This gives the Energy Technology Career Academy different ways to complete the same objective. In the past year, the Energy Technology Career Academy has undertaken several projects. These projects include making biodiesel, then using the biodiesel byproduct to create other useful products for everyday life, such as glycerin soap and BioFire starters. The second project was hanging recycled denim insulation at a housing authority apartment, where we installed recycled denim insulation using funds from a grant from Levi Strauss. The third and fourth projects consisted of teaching a younger generation the various forms of energy and about how it changes the earth, while doing fun activities to help them remember the lessons. The ETCA also practiced soldering tabbing wire onto raw PV cells so we could gain a new skill and be able to work on a solar panel.


KENTUCKY Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology Senior Level Edgewood, KY Project Title: Increasing awareness for reducing energy consumption and costs in our community and school district Project Advisor: Laura Engelman

The goal of our project is to reduce energy consumption and costs in our community and school district. To achieve this, we conducted year-long energy research projects, outreach with students and the community, and assistance in professional planning. Our first goal was to educate students within the district. We achieved this through our outreach programs. Our second goal was to research and propose energy saving projects. Our projects focused on inefficient buildings in the district. Our third goal was to increase community awareness about energy reducing habits. We conducted projects and presented to community members. We also presented our knowledge to energy and environmental science professionals, as well as school district representatives. Finally, we assisted the Senior Environmental Engineer for the Center of Applied Ecology at Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Scott Fennell.

I love being able to intelligently direct other teachers to the NEED web site for materials they can use. And of course, the curriculum materials are outstanding; I use them as my “text book” for my entire energy unit, about four or five months long.

­— Indiana High School Educator SPECIAL PROJECT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Fayette County Public Schools Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Lexington, KY Project Title: One Planet. One Experiment. Project Advisor: Tresine Logsdon See page 27.

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STATE SPOTLIGHT: KENTUCKY Energy Fairs, Energy Expos and Energy Family Nights

were held across Kentucky in 2012-2013, as students shared what they learned about energy with their families and school communities. This year Kentucky NEED Coordinators trained teachers at sixteen workshops across the Commonwealth. With Duke Energy, schools receive teacher training and classroom kits to correspond with the Saving Energy at Home and at School program that includes home energy efficiency kits provided to students to use with their families. As part of Duke’s energy efficiency programs, students learn about efficiency in class then share their knowledge with their families while installing energy efficiency tools like compact fluorescent bulbs, low flow showerheads and more. In addition, ten schools received VendingMiser equipment to install on cold drink machines to reduce energy consumption. Schools expect a 37% reduction on electricity used by the drink machines. With American Electric Power, schools receive teacher training and compact fluorescent light bulbs for students. In addition, the 2013 Kentucky NEED High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop, held in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), continues to impact energy efficient school design in Kentucky. During workshop sessions, school administrators, architects and engineers heard from design experts and administrators about a holistic, systems approach to school design and renovation. A program highlight was a presentation by Kenton County high school students on their research of energy efficient design opportunities in their district. The workshop site visit took participants to Turkey Foot Middle School, one of only two schools in the Commonwealth designed to be net-zero energy schools. This year the site visit expanded to include a track for educators as well as a track for designers. Attendees praised the education module, featuring multiple demonstrations

of how teachers are integrating the building design into their curriculum. Sponsors and partners: Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI); Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities (LG&E/ KU); Duke Energy; Kentucky Power/AEP; Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition; Sanders and Associates; Kentucky Environmental Education Council/Green & Healthy Schools Program; Kentucky School Energy Managers Project (SEMP)

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LOUISIANA St. Margaret Catholic School Junior Level Lake Charles, LA Project Title: Working to Clean Lake Charles Inside and Out Project Advisor: Judith Reeves

The St. Margaret Science Club, headed by our sponsor Mrs. Judy Reeves, accomplished many goals, achieved awards, and earned recognition for our awareness, recycling, and community efforts. Our main goal this school year was to clean Lake Charles inside and out. We realized we needed the support of our Mayor, Randy Roach. He had started a youth group called Jr. Team Green last year and many of our club members joined. We held our Energy Fair inviting co mpanies to share their expertise with the 8th grade in preparation for their Energy Expo to be held on April 22nd. We traveled to Galveston and visited Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum, and Agro Electric Power Plant. Promoting awareness in the cafeteria and incorporating the elementary students has made a huge difference in water conservation. We saved 500 gallons of water in three months. We have increased our Up-cycling by 30%. It was a great success. We participated in city wide events such as Beach Sweep. We participated in eCybermission, and did projects ranging from water testing to monitoring endangered species. We entered LDEQ Environmental Leadership Program Awards for Schools & Universities and were awarded the school of the year in two divisions.


maine Madawaska Elementary School Elementary Level Madawaska, ME Project Title: Madawaska Elementary is Energy Wise Project Advisor: Gina Jandreau We started our NEED Project in September 2011. Fourth graders learned about energy and energy conservation through their science units, guest speakers, energy workshops, research, and handouts from MPS and those on the NEED site. Students entered an Earth Day essay contest to share their knowledge. Students helped to maintain and add pieces to an energy website, which was developed with students three years ago. The highlight was developing/videotaping/editing Public Service Announcements that were placed in a player on the site and televised on the local access television station, Channel 16, during the month of April. Students publicized their activities through written news reports as part of a school newspaper, an on-line news report, and video news broadcasts, televised on the local access station, to educate the community on energy activities. Another activity the students chose to do to help make a difference in the community was to encourage consumers to bring their own bags to the store when purchasing goods. Students decided to develop a print with Home Energy Saving Tips to be placed on shopping totes. Our local printing company agreed to help out with this project. Students used computer software to make their creation. This was sent to the printing shop where the bags were made. A poster and bags were displayed in early April in the school lobby. Students with parents who own businesses in town were also given a poster with a few bags to sell. Hopefully our efforts will help the students, their families, the school community, and the local community to become more energy conscious.

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MASSACHUSETTS NATIONAL ELEMENTARY Level FINALIST Eastham Elementary School Eastham, MA Project Title: Energy Rocks @ Eastham Elementary School Project Advisor: Maggie Brown

This year we wanted to start off the year rolling, Rockin’ and Rollin’, so we each chose a song from the Energy Rock Performances and practiced and practiced. We sang to our whole school at our monthly morning meeting, at our energy fair, and at an energy fair we gave to a neighboring school. We even videotaped our performances for a video contest given by Cape Light Compact. We then took to learning about energy and electricity. We studied circuits, and then created displays that represented a holiday. From there we learned about renewable and nonrenewable resources and wrote essays about what we learned. We each picked a renewable resource, studied it, made posters and then put on an energy fair for our school community and parents. We did really well and were asked to go to a school outside of our district and put on an energy fair for their 3rd–6th graders. It was a long day but well worth it. Then with some help we put together our scrapbook.

Bourne Middle School Junior Level Bourne, MA Project Title: Energy and Education Project Advisor: Cynthia McCann The Bourne Middle School Energy Savers is an after-school program offered to students in grades 5 through 8. It originated 9 years ago by Peggy McEvoy and is currently overseen by Cindy McCann, a 6th grade teacher. The Energy Savers is supported by the school’s principal, Melissa Stafford. The group’s focus has been, and continues to be, one of energy education. We are continually looking for ways to educate staff, students, and community members about the importance of conservation of energy and how to help protect our most important resource, the planet on which we live. We have been able to organize many events with the continuous support of the Cape Light Compact and its educational liaison, Debbie Fitton. We have highlighted some of our events in our scrapbook. They include performing a play for the 2nd grade students at the local elementary school. We used the information in the NEED Elementary Infobook on solar energy to write a short play. We then designed props and made solar bead bookmarks

that were given to the students following the play. We added to our holiday decorations this year; not only did we decorate the courtyard with LED lights, we added “holiday” solar spikes to show another form of energy. Last year we built a “recycling” robot for plastic bottles in the cafeteria. This year we were really focused on recycling efforts and had recycle bins in each hallway too. We would collect weekly and report monthly on the amount of plastic bottles recycled at our school. We then started giving tickets to students who were “caught” recycling or using a reusable water bottle. We then had weekly drawings for reusable water bottles. Finally, we hosted an Energy Expo with the help of the Cape Light Compact and the students at our local regional high school. We had students in grades 4-7 participate in this great event. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate the Bourne Middle School Energy Savers. We look forward to expanding on our projects and successes next year.


MASSACHUSETTS Harwich Middle School Junior Level Harwich, MA Project Title: Harwich Cares Project Advisor: Jaclyn Bicknell

This year, Harwich Middle School has become energized by a group of students who decided we want to make a difference. After the Alliance for Climate Education came to our school, students united with a common goal of saving energy and protecting the environment. Approximately fifty of us meet twice a week to discuss plans and work on projects. We call ourselves Harwich Cares. We have taught our school and community about saving energy, and have established energy saving practices. Through recycling, we have greatly reduced the amount of waste materials sent to the landfill. We sold energy-saving light bulbs and reusable water bottles to raise awareness about energy consumption. We participated in the Cambridge Science Festival’s Science on the Street using what we learned from Talking Trash. We obtained materials needed for composting and to plant a garden at our school. We visited the Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring facility, administered a school-wide recycling survey, encouraged our classmates to accept the Kill-a-Watt Challenge, and students in our school have committed to Do One Thing to save energy! Harwich Cares continues to think of ways to reduce energy consumption, while striving to educate ourselves and others about energy-related concerns and eco-friendly practices.


Cape Light Compact, NSTAR, Columbia Gas Massachusetts, National Grid, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and Dominion NEED programs are strong in Massachusetts, thanks to the support of the Cape Light Compact, NSTAR, Columbia Gas Massachusetts, National Grid, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and Dominion. The Compact loans NEED kits and curriculum to classrooms, provides teacher training, and hosts many community education events throughout the year. NSTAR, Columbia Gas Massachusetts, National Grid and Dominion’s support provides teacher training and curriculum related to energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy to schools across Massachusetts.

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NATIONAL SENIOR level finalist

Boston Latin School Boston, MA Project Title: New England Energy Ambassadors: Paying it Forward Project Advisor: Cate Arnold

The Forestdale School Junior Level Sandwich, MA Project Title: SPARKS and SPIT Project Advisor: Laura Gregorio-Tanguilig We love having solar panels on our school, so we named ourselves after them! We are sixth and eighth graders, Solar Power Awareness Kids of Sandwich (SPARKS), and the Solar Power Intelligence Team (SPIT), and we are energized! In the fall, we showed 20 classrooms our favorite way to decrease our energy needs - switching to LED and CFL light bulbs, so we will all require less energy from the grid! In the winter, we hosted a day-long Energy Carnival for all students in grades 3 - 6. Over 350 students of all abilities played energy games and opened their eyes to the science and wonder of energy! In the spring, we read The Lorax to 5 younger classrooms to promote sustainability and healthy living. Each student received his/her own “last truffula seed” and signed a pledge to “speak for the Earth!” We ordered a solar-powered flagpole light for our school and experimented with solar cars. We selected a new DAS for our PV array, and we are learning to direct the energy of motion from a bicycle pedal into electrical energy! All year long, we have spread the word about renewable energy, smart energy choices, and sustainability by creating six amazing bulletin board designs, right in our school’s front lobby to inspire all of our students and visitors! Our Selectman has invited us to speak at an upcoming Town Hall meeting about using passive and active solar features in the design and construction of our town’s new public safety building! We are real Student Energy Consultants! We see the light and we are changing the world!

We’ve done a lot of focusing on energy at BLS this year. It was year two of paying our energy learning forward by training students from other schools in our Youth Energy Leaders Program (YELP). We organized and hosted a community energy open house at Boston Latin School where participants presented energy audit findings, and then offered teen auditors energy saving implementation funds thanks to a $ 25,000.00 E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation. We updated our energy action plan, having reduced energy by over 30%. We worked with BCLA New Mission to plan their energy open house and organized an Energy Fair at BLS. We began a rooftop wind study; hosted the President of Smart Power; and held a solar luncheon at BLS. We launched a carpooling initiative; got students to sign a petition about reducing carbon emissions; and did energy research for our Global Green School Makeover. We entered Boston’s energy fair with our biodiesel project; developed an online interactive product assessment tool called the Real Cost Kiosk; and partnered with students at the Boston Arts Academy to develop a proposal for a two-school composting pilot that will save energy and keep food waste from landfills.

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MASSACHUSETTS Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Senior Level Harwich, MA Project Title: CCT Green Bean Energy Experience Project Advisor: Lynn Fleischer

Who are we? Aimee LaRoche a junior in the Cosmetology program and Jackie Murphy a junior in the Culinary Arts program, we are your student green bean representatives. We learn different units in 11th and 12th grade Environmental Science using the NEED workbook. In 11th grade we learn about electricity, global warming, and renewable energies. In 12th grade we learn about renewable energies and traditional fuels (coal, gas, and oil). We learn how to make videos according to what we study to spread and share our knowledge with fellow classmates. In combination there are about 140 students taking the Environmental Science course at Cape Cod Tech. We do a lot of community service, including the Harwich Middle School Energy Fair where students help and inform younger students on the benefits of Environmental Science. Special thanks to the Cape Light Compact who has helped our teacher, Ms. Fleischer, get NEED workbooks for our class. In conclusion we hope you enjoy the wonderful things we do for our students and community throughout this portfolio from the great things we learn in our Environmental Science class.

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Sandwich High School Senior Level East Sandwich, MA Project Title: Educating with Energy Project Advisor: Debbie Fitton, Gilbert Newton We started out this year working on an independent study for our Environmental Technology class with our advisor, Mr. Gil Newton, who got us in touch with Mrs. Fitton from the Cape Light Compact. Mrs. Fitton had us do some research and trained us to conduct energy experiments with kids in our school system. We contacted the three elementary schools in our town and asked them if they would be interested in having our team conduct an energy carnival at their schools and all three said yes. To date, we have conducted two energy carnivals with the help of our friends from our Environmental Technology class who we recruited and trained, and with the SPIT and SPARKS energy clubs from the Forestdale School. Through the fall, we worked with Green Brier Nature Center to look into the role of Green Crabs in the flow of energy in our local saltmarsh and educate elementary school kids as to the importance of the energy flows through the three ecosystems that surround our home here on Cape Cod—the pond, forest and salt marsh. In a program called “Project Life”, we lead walks and talks for these elementary school students and had a blast doing it! It was nice to have it all tie together as we ended the school year with the concepts of physical energy with our energy carnivals. As seniors, we want to thank Mr. Newton for all the opportunities and challenges he has given us this year. This project was really memorable!


MICHIGAN James Madison Elementary School Primary Level Manistee, MI Project Title: Energy Ant Kids Project Advisor: Dana Dobis

This year for our project we focused on the difference between recycling and trash. It was also important for our students to learn about how the sun is both helpful and harmful. These different concepts helped improve the students’ lives, community, and school. Energy Ant is a huge success within our school. Each fall my kindergarten class and I hold a school-wide assembly. My students present the school with important information regarding the recycling program. My kindergarten students take great pride in helping with this project. These kindergarteners were very excited about planting and caring for their beans and grass. Through these activities, the students learned how the sun helps their plants grow and how they also need water. The students had the opportunity to see first-hand how the sun’s ultraviolet rays change the colors of their solar beads. They were each given 5 beads and they were asked to make a bracelet out of it. They observed the before and after effects of how the sun’s rays can change their color. This promoted great discussion in our classroom. Throughout the whole year my kindergarteners learned the importance of all these different ways energy is used.


Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation Educators in Michigan attend workshops, learn from energy speakers from the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation (MOGPEF), and receive energy curriculum and hands-on kits, compliments of a variety of Michigan sponsors. Local energy organizations provide funds to the MOGPEF who supports NEED workshops around the state. Miller Energy, Tioga Energy, Encana, and Chevron continue to sponsor programs.

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MICHIGAN John F. Kennedy Elementary School Elementary Level Manistee, MI Project Title: John F. Kennedy’s NEED Team Continues to “Go Green” Project Advisor: Constance Josvai It has been another year of change for us at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. This year, we switched teachers and classrooms for different subject areas. We are not sure if our teachers like it, but we sure do! At the beginning of the school year, we learned about the 10 types of energy sources and how the energy sources produced electricity. We also launched our “Cartridges for Kids” Program and our Newspaper/Cardboard Recycling Program. In our science classes, we learned about photosynthesis and used NEED’s Science of Energy, in which our science teacher helped facilitate a couple of workshops. Right

after spring break, we made Energy Cootie Catchers to share with a first grade class on our school’s Make-A-Difference Day in May. On May 23 and May 24, we will be hosting an Energy Carnival at our school during a Family Fun Night along with putting on a Walk-A-Thon the next day in Manistee. With our hard work with The NEED Project this year, we are proud to say once again, our NEED team, with the goals that we made, has helped our school earn the highestranking, “Michigan Evergreen School”, through Michigan Green Schools.

STATE SPOTLIGHT: MISSISSIPPI Working with the Mississippi Development Authority, NEED provided teacher training and classroom curriculum to teachers from across state. Teachers regularly report that workshops with the MDA team and NEED are among the most exciting things they get to do each year. Evaluations show that the workshops are highly rated as the best professional development they attend.

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NEBRASKA St. Isidore Catholic School Junior Level Columbus, NE Project Title: St. Isidore NEED Project Project Advisor: Tracy Zeller

This year a group of 5th and 6th graders came together after school hours to learn more about energy sources. Using NEED Energy Info books and NEED Energy Kits, the students completed course work and experiments in groups. They devised plans, implemented plans, and investigated procedures. While learning and experimenting about different forms of energy they asked questions of themselves, made comparisons and judgments, and shared their findings with other students. The students have a better understanding about the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources, the history and origins of energy sources, and the advantages and disadvantages of using each based on economics and safety to the environment. The students have also participated in service projects that educate the community about energy conservation and reinforce the practices of recycling and better forms of disposal of waste. Through the NEED program the students have a well rounded knowledge of the efficient use of energy, energy conservation, and the future of energy sources.


Ogallala High School Ogallala, NE Project Title: Ogallala Energy Awareness See page 28. and Education Project Advisor: Jennifer Jones


NEVADA Estes McDoniel Elementary School Elementary Level Henderson, NV Project Title: Energy Einsteins Project Advisor: Tanya Guarino

The Energy Einsteins of Estes McDoniel Elementary School haven’t taken their name lightly. We have soaked up as much information as we could about energy. Whether it was from completing our energy source projects (where we had to research one of the ten types of energy, create a model of it, and then present it to many classrooms at our school), visiting the Hoover Dam, learning from the owner of 1 Sun Solar, completing many of NEED’s energy lessons, or conducting NEED’s science experiments, we were able to learn a great deal. With all that information we felt it was imperative to share it with the rest of our school and community. We did that by giving weekly energy tips to our entire school through morning announcements, in our school’s newsletter, and on our website. Energy lessons were taught by us in many of our peers’ classrooms. Our campaign to collect plastic pollution was a big hit. One of the biggest ways we encouraged energy awareness was through a song we wrote to the tune of “Gangnam Style,” but now better known as “Einstein Style.” Finally, we held our 2nd Annual Energy Evening and Earth Hour celebration.


NEED and EIA work together on the Energy Industry Study Program to engage EIA employees in learning about various sectors of the energy industry through timely discussions with energy professionals and field experiences to generating facilities, energy infrastructure facilities, and more. This program allows EIA employees to learn more about areas of energy with which they are less familiar, and allows NEED to showcase the great information and technologies of some of NEED’s best partners. NEED continues an exciting partnership with the Energy Information Administration in support of the very popular Energy Kids website and its roving mascot, Energy Ant. Teachers nationwide continue to share how much they appreciate EIA’s Energy Kids site and the time and effort that goes into making the website useful, educational, and balanced for students and teachers. Energy Ant continues to visit energy facilities and write about the trips in the Energy Ant Journal on the Energy Kids site.

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NEW MEXICO Bosque School and The Energy STARS at Bosque School and Cleveland Middle joined together to “grow” knowledge about energy Cleveland Middle School School conservation and awareness throughout our schools and Junior Level community. We met to explore, experiment, communicate, Albuquerque, NM and have fun “doing” energy. Our goal is to educate other Project Title: Energy Partners students and our community about how to save energy on the Move: Teaching Energy and reduce our energy footprint. We learned so much different activities, outreach, and demonstrations. at School and Around the through To spread awareness and develop our leadership, we: Community Conducted Energy Patrols & Awareness Announcements; Project Advisor: Barbara Lazar Learned about sources through hands-on activities and kits and Robert Lazar like Science of Energy; Used the Energy on the Move—

energy trailer; and Attended and shared at 5th Grade Night. Our schools’ awareness improved: Announcements of facts, tips, challenges, and jokes about conservation and efficiency; Our energy clubs grew in student participation; and Energy Week improved a culture of energy awareness. Building a partnership with another school: Shared experiences, including field trips; Created and hosted a community Energy Day at Tony Hillerman Library; and Participated in demonstrations and activities at Oil and Gas Day in Santa Fe. The influence of our clubs has made a huge impact on how people think about energy. Through our activities and visibility in the community, we have helped the schools and community to better understand our world, its natural resources, and energy as it impacts our lives today.

national Junior Level Finalist Tibbetts Middle School Farmington, NM Project Title: We mustache you a question and we can’t shave it for later…are you an energy expert? We are! Project Advisor: Erin Gockel

Growing mustaches can be hard but learning about energy is easy! We are energy experts after our learning filled year! Our goals were many and we were excited to reach each and every one of them. We began the year by learning about energy sources and forms. Sharing this knowledge with the rest of the school was fun when we hosted an Energy Carnival for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Living in the San Juan Basin, energy is very important to us so we spent quite a bit of time learning how fossil fuels become the products we use today. It was so important that we shared what we learned at an Energy Expo, where we partnered with local oil and gas businesses to share our knowledge. Over 450 people came, including City Council members, the Mayor, and the Superintendent! We have shared our learning with anyone and everyone who will listen …from elementary students to the Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez! We have shared our expertise about energy and conservation with the Mayor of Farmington, the City Council, our state legislators, and thousands of radio listeners. We are indeed energy experts!


STATE SPOTLIGHT: NEW YORK With the support of National Fuel, NEED provides workshops on energy efficiency and climate change and incorporates the Saving Energy at Home and School Kit and home energy efficiency kit into all classroom programs. Students receive Home Energy Efficiency Kits to take home and use with their families to help reduce energy use at home and reduce energy bills too. With the Syracuse City School District, NEED assists in the delivery of environmental education programming as part of SCSD’s successful Environmental Protection Agency grant.

The NEED workshop was one of the best science education workshops I have ever attended. The activities were very focused toward increasing my knowledge of energy and increasing my ability to effectively teach my students with excellent hands-on activities. To the creators of the NEED curriculum, my congratulations on a job well done.

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NORTH CAROLINA ELEMENTARY LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR SEE PAGE 24 Colfax Elementary School Colfax, NC Project Title: Colfax Vikings Go Green Project Advisor: Janet Craddock

Forestville Road Elementary School Elementary Level Knightdale, NC Project Title: Project S.T.A.R. Bursts Project Advisor: Renee Roddick The S.T.A.R. Kids burst onto the Forestville campus. We had a blast this year. Throughout the year, the S.T.A.R. kids participated in many school and community activities. We started out learning about the 10 resources. We researched our resource and made 10 fact posters and taught the rest of our club members our facts. We displayed them at the Health Fair. In December, we participated in our local Christmas Parade. The student council joined us on the float. We passed out our English/Spanish bookmarks with energy tips and the kids on the float held up posters with our tips from the bookmark. It was pretty warm this year, so it was fun walking and passing out our bookmarks and candy to the crowds. In February, we performed at our annual Community Health and Science Fair. We performed our Science of Energy experiments. It was hard at times to memorize all the science terms and dialogue,

but we did it. It was awesome. We had our display of “Why we save energy” with some activities the students could take and do. Miss Becky came from FEED the BIN program to talk to us about our recycling program. We recycle weekly. We then got ready to perform our plays and activities in the classrooms. We go into the classrooms to promote energy education with our plays and activities to teach the younger students about the Earth’s resources and how we can conserve them. We reviewed our “trash talk” and then performed a play and activity that went with that grade’s science curriculum. That was the best. Since April is Earth Month, we did morning announcements on energy tips and ways we can save our Earth. We think we did an awesome job teaching our school, community, and our homes how to reuse, reduce, and recycle. We are the future energy savers of our Earth.


NORTH CAROLINA Ogden Elementary School Elementary Level Wilmington, NC roject Title: Ogden’s Go Green Team Project Advisor: Mindy Nicoll

This was our fifth year for Ogden’s Go Green Team and we did things a bit different this year. Instead of having a small group of students lead our school we did it as a whole school. We have a lot of dedicated students here at Ogden so different groups helped out with different activities and projects throughout the year. Groups included our student council, individual classrooms, girl scouts, and after school students. Our students helped brainstorm and come up with many new ideas and projects to share with their teachers and fellow students. The students communicated their ideas to their

Northern Guilford Middle School Junior Level Greensboro, NC Project Title: It’s Easy Being Green! Project Advisor: Tameka Jordan

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teachers who then passed them along to our project coordinator to get the ball rolling. Our school’s first challenge was to help come up with a plan for their classroom to be as efficient as possible during our county wide audits. Students were assigned different tasks to make sure things were being turned off, blinds turned the correct way, and that recyclables were being placed in the correct bin. Students were also responsible for conducting their own surprise audits for classrooms throughout the school to help practice as well as spearheading many other projects and activities throughout the year.

We here at NGMS are energy saving students with a mind set of roping in the community and our school into saving energy. A little can go a long way in our books and for the small things we have our teachers do, it not only feels good for the teachers, it lets them know that they made a difference in saving not just the school but the world of less energy. Our club brainstormed main ideas for getting the message out about saving energy and came up with ideas like posters, games, and videos for our students to get involved in saving energy. Our club made a video that was shown in our school about saving energy and it highlighted little things that can make a big difference. We, as a club, are very fortunate to have the support of the teachers, students, and staff that are willing to not just follow the energy saving rules, but to bring them home and bring these rules and tips into the world so everyone can save energy. We have focused on community outreach by submitting articles to our very own school newsletter, Northern Exposure, and the regional newspaper, Northwest Observer. We decided to have another fun-filled energy awareness week so our students can start being Energy Wise too.


NORTH CAROLINA Northview, an IBo World School Junior Level Statesville, NC Project Title: NEED Project Project Advisor: Sharon Gibson

Our school project was led by the Eco Warriors, the school’s recycling club. We collected recycle bins from the classrooms every Thursday and then divided the material by product. We also set up a can recycling cage at the student pick-up line at the front of the school. The club also created crafts from 2 liter bottles and old clothing. Some of the items created were jewelry, vases, hats, and shirts. Christmas cards, made from old cards, were sent to soldiers in Germany during the holidays. Our sixth graders were treated to a production of The Energized Guyz Powered Up, a play sponsored by Duke Energy in partnership with the National Theatre for Children. This activity was planned by our drama teacher who also used the NEED skits for performances in her class. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choral arts students learned energy songs and movements and created their own versions of the songs. In addition to our energy web site we also gave energy tips along with morning announcements throughout the month of March. Ten of our teachers created energy lessons and/or conservation units for the classroom. We also applied to two grants to fund energy kits and materials for our media center.

Northern Guilford High School Senior Level Greensboro, NC Project Title: Project Positive Energy Project Advisor: Bronwyn Corry Our goal as a class was to educate ourselves about energy conservation and sustainable practices while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude. In doing this we hoped to have a positive and lasting influence on our school, community, and beyond. We began this process by planting Northern Guilford’s first school garden. We portioned part of our AP Environmental Science class time every week to harvest and care for our garden. We primarily grew spinach, radishes and different varieties of lettuce. Next we developed the NGHS school-wide recycling program, distributing recycling cans throughout the school and collecting from them weekly. We developed a process by which we determined a “Recycling Rock Star” every month, by offering incentives to increase participation in the program. Next, we participated in Guilford County School’s Energy Wise poster contest, earning two of the ten spots available for county winners. Our posters are now hanging in every elementary, middle and high school throughout Guilford County. Finally we presented at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s, annual energy day, where we educated over 1,400 K-12 students and other members of the community. Our focus was sustainable sources of energy, energy conservation, and future energy alternatives.


OHIO Hanby Elementary School Elementary Level Westerville, OH Project Title: Hanby Mrs. Fusco’s Fantastic 5th Graders Project Advisor: Terri Fusco

Our scrapbook demonstrates what we learned and taught others about energy. The high school students that came to our school on March 13, 2013 setup different kinds of energy labs with tools that we got to play with so that we could learn more about energy. Mr. Williams and his son, Nathan, visited our school and shared their knowledge about how they use energy in their hobby of remote-controlled cars and trucks. Then we had the opportunity to play with their awesome toys. We used the EnergyWorks Student Guide workbooks, put on short plays about molecules and atoms, did a balloon lab, and did labs testing materials to see if they were insulators or conductors. The Design Process helped us to develop our own flashlights using a variety of materials. In another lab, we tested electromagnets with nails, wires, and paper clips. In conclusion, we know that the future depends on us to find new ways to solve the energy challenges of today and tomorrow. Using the information from our research and inquiry-based lab work, we are confident that we can face the future with bright ideas!

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: CONOCOPHILLIPS AND PHILLIPS 66 ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, and NEED have partnered to provide over 1000 educators with curriculum and training opportunities. The workshop series presents a unique opportunity for classroom teachers (K-12) to learn about energy in a fun and exciting way! The workshops create awareness of today’s energy challenges and the importance of using energy wisely. ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 sponsor class-sets of Energy Infobooks and Science of Energy Kits for all participants. ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 support provides resources and training to teachers from Alaska to Florida and Massachusetts to California. For more information visit: and

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OHIO JUNIOR LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR See Page 28 Heritage Middle School Westerville, OH Project Title: Renew Energy Awareness Project Advisor: Nyesha Clayton, Amber Harper, Debbie Pellington

The students we teach have been very positively impacted by the NEED materials and kits! They are so enthusiastic and go home brimming with experiences to share with their families. The hands-on activities lead to long lasting understanding of the concepts.

— California Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology Educator



The Ohio Energy Project (OEP) experienced a successful year developing innovative methods to provide energy education and leadership opportunities to Ohio’s students and teachers. Youth Energy Summits, Energy Workshops, and Energy Fairs were held across the state to educate teachers and students about energyrelated issues. OEP’s Energy Efficiency Education Program empowered students and teachers to conserve energy at home using energy conservation kits which resulted in a significant energy savings across the state. This program has been extremely successful and we are planning to ship 52,000 energy conservation kits throughout Ohio in the upcoming year. The funding partners for this program are AEP OH, Columbia Gas, Dayton Power and Light, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and Vectren. Similar to summers past, the number one professional development opportunity for OEP continues to be the Energy Sources Tour. Teachers board a bus to visit a variety of energy sites across Ohio that demonstrate various energy sources and production, their applications,

and other science concepts. The Environmental Careers for Ohio’s Students has been extremely successful, having reached 300 high school student leaders across the state, as it aligns the state’s best and brightest high school students with energy-related technology and research currently being performed across Ohio. The Energy Bike continues to be built by middle school girls from Ohio school districts during the summer AEGIS (Activating and Energizing Girls in Science) program. Major Sponsors: American Electric Power; AEP Ohio; Dayton Power & Light; Vectren; Ohio Development Service Agency/Community Services; American Municipal Power and Member Communities; Efficiency Smart, Westerville Electric Division; Worthington City Schools; Honda of America; NiSource/Columbia Gas; Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives; Marathon Ashland Petroleum; Industrial Energy Users, Energy Optimizers, USA, Niagara Conservation Corporation, Office of Energy and the Environment at the Ohio State University.


OHIO NATIONAL SENIOR Level Finalist Oakwood High School Dayton, OH Project Title: Powering Our Future Project Advisor: Heidi Steinbrink

Six years ago, we would have never dreamt that we would be here today teaching with solar panels and generating our own hydrogen. We have been able to create our own green footprint on our community through our 10% NOW campaign and are working to ensure more people have access to that information with the Dropoly game activity. We are seeing that there is power in numbers and that we can indeed be agents of change even though we are just in high school. Our project this year focused on four key areas: • Energizing Our Peers • Teaching the Community • Learning from the Community • Moving Oakwood Forward Our main focus this year has been to move Oakwood forward with the implementation of our school audit campaign and the addition of our solar panel and hydrogen generator. We are excited to see what the future holds for our team, school and our community. Perhaps in another five years, we will have our school powered by more alternative energy forms—who knows?

SPECIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR See Page 27 Westerville Energy Education Partnership Westerville, OH Project Title: Watt’s Up Westerville Project Advisor: Andy Boatright

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The PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) is “project-based,” combining a five-week classroom program with a school energy audit completed by students, a field trip to a PECO power station, a community project, and an exciting opportunity for students to present their energy projects at a year-end community event. Designed and implemented by PECO, The Franklin Institute, and NEED, the program is supported by a grant from PECO and the Exelon Foundation. PEEP completed its fifth successful year during the 2012-2013 school-year. Following classroom explorations and field trips to PECO generation facilities, students put their knowledge to practical use by completing an energy efficiency/ conservation community project for their local community. With over 30 schools participating,

more and more teachers, students, and families are engaged in the program’s active energy and environmental education and outreach. Over 12,000 students benefitted from the program – which now includes afterschool programs from United Way agencies in the region including: The Salvation Army, Girls, Inc, Boys and Girls Clubs, Congreso, and Overbrook Environmental Education Center. Academically, the program has changed how some school districts integrate energy into the curriculum. Since the very first year of the program, the West Chester School District has involved over 900 students each year, by integrating program resources into the career and technology classroom. NEED is honored to be part of the PECO program and to work with The Franklin Institute, United Way, and the great PEEP teachers and students.


Working in partnership with Wind Powering America at the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NEED hosts workshops and provides curriculum to schools selected to be Wind for Schools sites. Wind for Schools sites receive a small wind installation, data monitoring to broadcast electricity generation data, and hands-on kits, curriculum, and teacher training. Workshops were hosted in Montana, Colorado, Kansas, and Alaska.


RHODE ISLAND Calcutt Middle School Junior Level Central Falls, RI Project Title: Calcutt Cares: Teaching Our Community to Conserve Energy Project Advisor: Stephanie Racine

This is our first year with an after school science program designed so that we can learn about energy. One of our secondary goals in this program is to make a difference in our community. We did this by sharing what we learned about energy with others. First, we hosted a science day at our school and invited fourth grade elementary students to learn about how energy transforms. We held two sessions so that we could expose more students to science. A total of 83 students, 8 teachers, 1 parent and 2 administrators were able to attend and learn. Second, we decided to focus on teaching our families how to save money by making small inexpensive changes in their homes by hosting a Science Night. During this event, we taught 45 families about the different forms of energy and how to conserve energy in their homes. Families were able to experiment with the activities that we planned. Overall, through these two events, both fourth grade students and families came away with new knowledge of energy. We knew they learned through the results of the pre/post test that each participant took.

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Park View Middle School Junior Level Cranston, RI Project Title: PV NEED Cougars Project Advisor: Nancy DeCosta, Sheila Hopkins, Joanne Spaziano Our PV Cougars have had a busy year. We were at the hot dog roast on August 23, 2012. We made a presentation to our faculty on August 27, 2012 about reducing the lighting we use and how using natural light increases test scores. We made a presentation at Open House on September 6, 2012 and we had our first meeting on September 13, 2012. We did two conferences for teachers and students for the RI State Energy Office, which was also sponsored by National Grid. We put NEED news on the school website and announcements on the Park View TV station, PVTV. Mrs. DeCosta and Mrs. Hopkins also used NEED materials to teach on their Explorers team. The Energy Fair was our big event. National Grid came to present. The PV Cougars leader students have been involved in Rachel’s Challenge to stop bullying in our school; we have brought in supplies for the Tomorrow Fund and raised money for the Leukemia Society. We have also participated in April Friend’s Day to further spread kindness. We are involved and we care. We have reached over 500 people directly and over 5000 people through the newspapers and online news.




Scituate High School’s NEED Project has planned and executed another successful year, made possible by the leadership of veteran members, and the commitment of the growing number of new members. We participated in the Water Festival, where members traveled to a campground to teach students from local elementary schools about watersheds. The club held its annual energy workshop this winter, where students hosted school groups from around the state and taught about specific forms of energy and energy use. This year’s stations were fuel cells, photovoltaics, wind power, nuclear energy, electromagnetism, lighting, transportation fuels, and energy audit. Each of

Scituate High School North Scituate, RI Project Title: Scituate High School NEED Project Project Advisor: Shannon Donovan the students utilized a variety of energy materials to inform students and teachers from other schools about ways energy can be harnessed and used to do work. The participants walked away with a stronger knowledge of how to save energy in their homes and communities. Our club continues to teach about the connection between transportation fuels and food choices. We grow and transplant vegetables in the greenhouse, and look forward to visiting local elementary schools to teach children about energy and gardening. Each year the club expands its influence, and always strives to create a more sustainable community.


RHODE ISLAND Hope High School Special Project Providence, RI Project Title: NEED for Energy Project Advisor: John Gallo

Hope High School’s National Energy Education Development team extended its renewable energy program from our work in previous years. It started last year with photovoltaiccells and the solar energy the school was using in the new science wing. This year we focused on raising awareness of wind energy and the wind energy we generate in Rhode Island and the proposals to put more wind generating turbines off the coast of Rhode Island. The first wind turbine recently went up in Providence at our city’s wastewater treatment facility and more are being installed all over the state. It was a great experience to be able to educate peers on how these wind turbines work and generate electricity for our state.

STATE SPOTLIGHT: RHODE ISLAND For a small state, Rhode Island is BIG in energy education. Hosting over eight workshops a year for teachers and students, NEED’s programming in Rhode Island covers the science of energy, energy sources, wind and solar energy, and home and school building energy efficiency. NEED participates in the Rhode Island conference of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, and provides resources to school districts working to reduce energy consumption in school buildings. With the support of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Dominion and National Grid, hundreds of teachers and students are reached each year.

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TENNESSEE PRIMARY LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR See Page 24 Lipscomb Academy Nashville, TN Project Title: L.A.E.S.: Leading Activities in Energy and Service Project Advisor: Ginger Reasonover

West Carroll Elementary School Elementary Level Trezevant, TN Project Title: Learning From The Past—Looking Toward The Future Project Advisor: Martha Vann

What a great year! We have been so busy learning about energy and doing activities that the year has flown by. We each chose an area of energy to explore and did activities at our meetings to teach about our area of exploration. Then we took our knowledge into the classrooms and played teacher for a day. It was a little scary, but fun. Visiting the Carroll County Museum to learn about the past in our area was an eye-opening experience. It helped us understand why TVA was so important to our area. We are really glad we don’t live without electricity. We participated in several 4-H

programs and worked to bring energy related presentations to our school and community. The Dome Theatre was awesome! Everyone loved the GIANTS OF ELECTRICAL SCIENCE presentation, too. In our community, we have tried to be a presence for energy conservation. We have invited the community into our school and participated in community events. By making placemats and take-out sacks for local restaurants and sponsoring CFL bulb and reusable bag give-a-ways, we influence the world around us in an energy positive way.




Washington County 4-H Junior Level Jonesborough, TN Project Title: Washington County 4-H “Exceeding Energy Expectations” Project Advisor: Connie Sharp “4-H Exceeding Energy Expectations” was the theme for our program targeting 6-8th grade audiences. 4-H Honor Club members were the leadership team with service learning and community awareness. The “star” goal with energy activities were held at “Farm Days”, Tractor Supply, 4-H Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A and the environmental essay contest. “Star” leaders kept busy doing “energy in motion” lessons with younger grades, piloting Fossil Fuels to Products lessons, “energy in motion” lessons using “roller coaster” and “paper towel” activities and also Science of Energy kit lessons. Getting the community to take the “Star” pledge to switch to energy efficient lighting was a top priority. A total of 4,250 students were reached through classroom activities and an additional 2,708 citizens through community awareness events. We can all be a “Star” and let our light shine by being energy conscious.

NEED is honored to work with Shell throughout its areas of operations in the United States. As part of Shell’s exemplary social investment programs, NEED hosts teacher training workshops and provides classroom curriculum and kits. In 20122013, NEED and Shell hosted workshops in many areas of the country—providing training in Pennsylvania, TX, Louisiana, and Virginia. As part of a new partnership, NEED hosted Shell sponsored workshops in Uvalde, Texas to assist local teachers in understanding the expansion of energy operations in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas. In 2013, NEED expands Shell programming to Wyoming with plans to host workshops in Alief ISD (Texas), Kansas, and Louisiana as well.

SENIOR LEVEL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Franklin County High School Winchester, TN Project Title: Far Out Power Project Advisor: Everett Smith

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TENNESSEE NATIONAL SPECIAL PROJECT Finalist Unicoi County 4-H Erwin, TN Project Title: Trash Transformers Project Advisor: Crystal Robertson Over the past year, our NEED students set out on a mission to transform a community. As 4-H’ers we pledge to clearer thinking, greater loyalty, and larger service, and the approach is no different as the 4-H Energy Team. We wanted to educate our community so that we may start a transformation to clearer thinking about energy conservation, greater loyalty to our community, and larger service for future generations. We presented three lessons at an after school program and to middle school students. At the end of the series, the groups did service projects related to recycling. The younger


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sponsors Tennessee’s K-12 Energy Education Program. The program, entitled Tennessee Energy Education Network (TEEN), provides training and resources to classroom teachers and other educators, incorporating NEED as a cornerstone resource for comprehensive, curriculum based energy education in schools and for student-led community outreach activities promoting energy efficiency and conservation. The 2012-13 school year built on the success of the previous year, with a partnership involving the University of Tennessee to continue the 4-H Energy Program. This project involved 49 counties and three 4-H centers across the state with the NEED curriculum designed especially for 4-H programs. Workshops were conducted to train 4-H professionals who are participating in the project. Each participating county received funding to purchase the four NEED

group decorated paper bags for a local store for Earth Day, and the middle school group began collecting soda can tabs. The project was so successful it acquired a page in the school yearbook. We collected over 100 pounds of can tabs in a month! Then we took our message to the greater community. We hung signs at waste convenience stations to encourage recycling, held a trash pickup day, recorded radio PSA’s, and even approached the City Council to present a recycling proposal. In all, we dedicated over 130 service hours towards energy awareness and planting a seed of change.

4-H Energy kits, which teach the science of heat energy, light energy, mechanical energy, and chemical energy along with the energy resources that fall under each of these forms of energy. “The 4-H Energy Program” has made a positive impact on thousands of students. The 4-Hers conduct community outreach events reaching people with energy-saving tips and other information. They collect pledges for the “Change the World, Start with Energy Star” campaign and recruit homeowners to complete the TVA Home Energy Survey. TEEN continues to promote participation in energy education by classroom teachers and is offering three Energy Camps for 120 teachers during the summer of 2013. These camps provide training and resources to conduct comprehensive energy education programs in their schools. Teachers receive a $400 mini-grant to purchase energy education materials for their classrooms.

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Cockrill Middle School Junior Level McKinney, TX Project Title: Cockrill Energy Club Project Advisor: Lisa Wilson


This year at Cockrill Middle School, our recycle club has participated in energy and recycling activities! Our club has over 15 members in it. Every Tuesday morning and afternoon we go collect the recycling and put it out to be picked up. In December of 2012, our club had an energy carnival here at our school on open house! We hosted games, activities, and cool informational facts on how to save energy and recycle. Teachers, parents, students, and other kids could participate in it! In the beginning of April this year we went to elementary schools to educate younger students on energy saving and recycling. This year we also participated in McKinney’s annual “Trash Off.” Our club picked up trash on the side of the city’s roads; this really was fun because we won the “Best Team Work” award! This year we started a school store to help our club raise money to put in a solar panel or wind turbine next year! Some of the students in our club made a model of a perfect energy saving city! This year our goal at Cockrill Middle School was to educate peers in our community about energy conservation and recycling!

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: U.S. Energy Association and the U.S. Department of Energy In a partnership with the United States Energy Association (USEA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, NEED created the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage curriculum module and training in 2010, and has hosted teacher workshops across the country to bring the curriculum to teachers. The Carbon Capture, Utilization,

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and Storage curriculum module is designed to integrate with NEED’s climate change module, energy efficiency modules, and oil and natural gas activities. Teachers attending NEED workshops receive the curriculum and often the opportunity to tour carbon capture, utilization, and storage facilities.


UTAH NATIONAL Junior Level Finalist

Energy is a broad term and a big idea that needs many great minds and ideas to solve its vast problems. That is why we created our team called the Kids on F.I.R.E. (Fueling Ideas Regarding Energy). We have done many energy activities including; visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats to see the aerodynamic and alternative fueled car designs, designed our own alternative fuel vehicles and puff mobiles, debated about hydraulic fracturing and nuclear energy, educated Morningside Elementary about needless vehicle idling, studied about methane gas with Professor Dave Richerson, found the peak energy consumption time of our

Morningside Elementary School Salt Lake City, UT Project Title: Kids on F.I.R.E. (Fueling Ideas Regarding Energy) Project Advisor: Patti White school, taught our school and community about the importance of recycling, experimented with turning biomass to biofuel, held an Energy Fair which educated over 350 people about energy. We are still actively engaged in our project by making plans to learn even more about energy by visiting the Intermountain Power Plant, designing solar ovens, and presenting our project at a NEED teacher workshop. This is what the Kids on F.I.R.E. have done to learn and educate others about our energy use, so we can find solutions for the challenges that energy usage faces today and in the future.


VIRGINIA Thaxton Elementary School Elementary Level Thaxton, VA Project Title: We’re Ready, Set, Recycle! Project Advisor: Viola Henry

Thaxton had an exciting year. Working together, our school and community increased their awareness of various conservation ideas. Our projects included recycling aluminum cans at our local recycling center. Also we recycled ink cartridges or cell phones with Cartridges for Kids. Money collected from these items was used to pay for supplies to complete our school and community projects. We recycled about 1,000 pounds of mixed paper each month. One way we gave back to our community was the “Ronald McDonald House Can Tab Program”. We collected and donated can tabs, and the money raised would help provide a home-awayfrom-home for families of seriously ill children and adults in the Roanoke area hospitals. Some of our classroom projects included solar cooking, becoming a Thaxton Conservation Engineer, coal mining with cookies, Energy Bucks, just to name a few. This was our 13th year of participating in the Virginia Tech/AECP Energy Expo, a two-day demonstration of energy conservation projects and ideas. We also participated in the “fall and spring clean-up campaign” with the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission.

WISCONSIN NATIONAL PRIMARY Level Finalist Park Community Charter School Kaukauna, WI Project Title: Communities NEED Conservation Project Advisor: Kim TeGrootenhuis Have you ever tried to save energy at your school or your home? Our school has committed to conserve energy in our home, school, and community. Conserving can save money and our environment. There are many ways to save energy. It is important. In class we do energy experiments and learn about types of energy. We use information and activities from the NEED kits in our science lab. We go on field studies to Kaukauna Utilities and 1000 Islands where we learn ways to save energy. Recently, our school participated in a program

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to save energy. This program is called Energy Challenge by Cool Choices. In this program, you get a deck of cards for your family. Each card has a different way for you to save energy at home, school, or in your community. Every week we keep track of who is saving energy and how they saved energy. Kaukauna Utilities is keeping data on our electricity savings. We can win prizes for making “cool choices.” We have learned to save energy at home, school, and in our community. We challenge you to conserve energy. It’s not about prizes. It’s about making our world a better place!



Energy Education for Michigan

American Wind Energy Association

Energy Training Solutions

Appalachian Regional Commission

First Roswell Company

Arizona Public Service

FJ Management. Inc.

Arizona Science Center

Foundation for Environmental Education

Arkansas Energy Office


Armstrong Energy Corporation

The Franklin Institute

Association of Desk & Derrick Clubs

Frontier Associates

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority

Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Georgia Power

Robert L. Bayless, Producer, LLC

Government of Thailand–Energy Ministry

Blue Grass Energy

Green Power EMC


Guam Energy Office

BP Alaska

Guilford County Schools – North Carolina

Brady Trane

Gulf Power

Cape Light Compact–Massachusetts

Gerald Harrington, Geologist

L.J. and Wilma Carr

Harvard Petroleum

Center for Teacher Success

Hawaii Energy

Chabot Space and Science Center

Houston Museum of Natural Science



Chevron Energy Solutions

Hydro Research Foundation

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation


Independent Petroleum Association of America

ConEdison Solutions ConocoPhillips

Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico


Indiana Michigan Power

Daniel Math and Science Center

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

David Petroleum Corporation

Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition

Denver Public Schools

Kentucky Department of Education

DePaul University

Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence

Desk and Derrick of Roswell, NM Dominion Duke Energy East Kentucky Power Eastern Kentucky University

Kentucky Power—An AEP Company Kentucky River Properties LLC Kentucky Utilities Company Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative Llano Land and Exploration

El Paso Corporation

Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension

E.M.G. Oil Properties

Louisville Gas and Electric Company


Maine Energy Education Project

Encana Cares Foundation

Maine Public Service Company


NEED NATIONAL SPONSORS and PARTNERS Marianas Islands Energy Office

C.T. Seaver Trust

Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources


Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Education Foundation

Shell Chemicals

Miller Energy

Society of Petroleum Engineers

Mississippi Development Authority–Energy Division

David Sorenson

Montana Energy Education Council

Southern Company

NADA Scientific

Southern LNG


Southwest Gas

National Association of State Energy Officials

Space Sciences University–Laboratory of the University of California Berkeley

National Fuel

Snohomish County Public Utility District–WA

National Hydropower Association

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development–Energy Division

National Ocean Industries Association

Tioga Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Nebraska Public Power District

Tri-State Generation and Transmission

New Mexico Landman’s Association

TXU Energy

New Mexico Oil Corporation

United Parcel Service

NRG Energy, Inc.

United States Energy Association


United Way of Greater Philadelphia

OCI Enterprises

University of Nevada–Las Vegas, NV

Offshore Energy Center

University of Tennessee

Offshore Technology Conference

University of Texas - Austin

Ohio Energy Project

University of Texas - Tyler

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

U.S. Department of Energy

Paxton Resources

U.S. Department of Energy–Hydrogen Program


U.S. Department of Energy–Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

National Grid

Pecos Valley Energy Committee Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association Phillips 66 PNM

U.S. Department of Energy–Office of Fossil Energy U.S. Department of Energy–Wind for Schools U.S. Department of Energy–Wind Powering America

Read & Stevens, Inc.

U.S. Department of the Interior–Bureau of Land Management

Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

U.S. Energy Information Administration

RiverWorks Discovery

Van Ness Feldman

Robert Armstrong


Roswell Geological Society

Virgin Islands Energy Office

Sandia National Laboratory

West Bay Exploration

Saudi Aramco

W. Plack Carr Company

Schneider Electric

Yates Petroleum Corporation

Science Museum of Virginia

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