National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
OEP is the state coordinator for the NEED Project. The mission of the NEED Project 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. NEED works with energy companies, agencies, and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation’s schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management
During Energy Camp, teachers learn how to participate in the NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement competition. Teachers take their energy education program beyond the classroom and get students involved with school and community outreach so they can share what they have learned about energy efficiency and conservation. Schools combine their energy education activities for the year and submit an electronic scrapbook of their efforts in the award competition. State winners are selected and submitted for judging on the national level. Since the program’s inception, Tennessee has always had national winners. Huntingdon Primary School received the national award in the primary category for four consecutive years. Three staff persons have received Distinguished Service Awards, Tennessee has been chosen State of the Year twice, and the 2012 NEED Student of the Year was from Franklin County High School.
NEED Youth Awards
In April 2017, 4 NEED projects were submitted at the State level. OEP selected the following schools as State NEED Project winners: Lipscomb Academy Elementary School (State Primary School of the Year) and Michie Elementary School (State Elementary School of the Year). NEED announced the 2017 national award winners and finalists on April 28. Lipscomb Academy Elementary School was the National Primary Runner Up, and Michie Elementary School was named National Elementary Runner Up and received an award for Outstanding Community Education Project. State winners, finalists, and staff members represented Tennessee at the National Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC from June 23-26. Tennessee Schools represented included: Michie Elementary School, Lipscomb Academy Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Elementary School, and Huntingdon Primary School.
In 2016, OEP selected the following schools as State NEED Project winners: Lipscomb Academy Elementary School (State Primary School of the Year), Michie Elementary School (State Elementary School of the Year), Volunteer High School (State Senior Rookie of the Year), and Fayette Academy (State Senior School of the Year). NEED announced the 2016 national award winners and finalists on May 2, 2016. Lipscomb Academy Elementary School won the National Primary School of the Year award, Michie Elementary School was named National Elementary Runner Up, Volunteer High School won the National Senior Rookie of the Year award and Fayette Academy won the National Senior School of the Year award.
K-12 Energy Education Program Coordinator / Director
Programs Administrator, TDEC Office of Energy Programs