Lindsey Edwards, a fourth-grade science teacher at Shannon Johnson Elementary in Berea, attended the National Energy Education Development conference for educators July 15-19 in Arlington, Va. 

Edwards was selected as a scholarship recipient to attend the conference was made possible by a contribution from the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI).
Over 120 teachers from across the United States gathered to integrate energy curriculum materials into the classroom at any grade level and with any group of students. 
There also was focus on the achievement of state and national education goals using correlations of NEED materials to the National Science Education Standards and state standards.
Edwards will use the information gathered at the conference to start an energy team at Shannon Johnson Elementary with fourth and fifth graders to help educate students and teachers in her school, as well as the Berea community, about energy conservation and recycling.
About the NEED Project
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is a nonprofit education association with over 30 years experience in energy education and curriculum development. 
NEED’s materials and programs are an integral part of the energy education process in 65,000 classrooms nationwide. NEED works with the education community and the energy industry to design and distribute comprehensive, objective, inquiry-based educational materials. 
NEED conducts student and teacher training programs, provides evaluation tools, and recognizes outstanding student and teacher achievement for grades K-12. 
NEED materials are designed to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students. They are teacher-tested to ensure success in the classroom and are correlated to the National Science Education Content Standards and to state standards. 
The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating networks of students, educators, businesses, government, and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
The goals of the conference include expanding educator knowledge of the following subjects related to energy:
• The science of energy, forms of energy, and energy transformations 
• Renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, their development, use, and impact on economics and environment 
• Generation and transmission of electricity 
• Development and use of transportation fuels and the connection of all fuels to the economy and the environment 
• Efficient use of energy and the use of energy technologies for conservation and reduction of waste.

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