NEED curriculum is developed by a national Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) that is dedicated to developing and promoting standards-based energy curriculum and training. The curriculum employs a number of strategies for teaching students about energy. Most NEED modules are inquiry-based, using a Kids Teaching Kids approach. Activities that are not inquiry-based are highly engaging and interactive, helping students to develop and access critical thinking skills. NEED strongly believes in integrating energy education across all subject areas including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and creative arts.
NEED also believes in providing the most recently reported energy data available to our teachers and students. Most statistics and data are derived from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly or annual reports. Working in partnership with the EIA, NEED includes easy to understand data in our curriculum materials.
In order for students to receive a comprehensive energy education, NEED has developed an eight-step model to help teachers plan a complete energy unit. Each step of the model is outlined below. NEED has designed Basic Curriculum Units for each grade level that follow this comprehensive model for energy education. For more information on these basic units, see page 8. Educators may easily build their own units that follow this eight-step model. NEED’s entire portfolio is available online. If large quantities of a title are needed, please contact NEED for more information on printed titles and requests for printing.