Educators in many grade levels and subjects may be interested in the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. This US-based nonprofit got its start in 1980 after National Energy Education Day was established to encourage schools to incorporate energy education into their curricula. Since then, the NEED Project has expanded from a one-day celebration to a comprehensive program whose mission is to "promote an energy conscious and educated society." NEED's website offers well over one hundred curriculum guides and "infobooks" containing data-driven lesson plans and activities for K-12 students that are downloadable as free PDFs. These resources are organized thematically and by reading level, and they can be applied to multiple academic subject areas. Cognizant of the challenges teachers face, NEED offers free curriculum correlations that correspond to the national common core standards and to each state's science standards, and some of their curriculum resources are also available in Spanish. Additionally, NEED hosts local professional development workshops for educators with free registration, and they also have opportunities for students, such as leadership awards and ideas for science projects.
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