The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is committed to providing quality energy education to students across the United States. In the last year alone, NEF conducted more than 60 energy education programs with students in 41 states. In these states, NEF partnered with nearly 12,000 local teachers in educational workshops, classroom presentations and energy-related curriculum distribution. As a result of this partnership, more than 390,000 students and their families have benefited from energy education either by direct interaction with NEF representatives or with those quality educators who participate in NEF programs.
Why has the work of this nonprofit foundation been so successful? Why are educators all over the nation eager to join NEF’s diverse energy education programs? Simply put, energy education has never been more important. Never has a working understanding of the economic and ecological issues related to energy consumption been as vital as it is today. We believe that students who adequately understand energy issues will be empowered to make critical decisions in the future which will positively affect their individual lives, the lives of their families, as well as the cities, states and nations they call home.
NEF is proud to partner with educators and school districts in the effort to improve energy literacy in the nation’s rising generation. With former educators throughout the organization, NEF is highly sensitive to the already rigorous demands placed on educators, especially as it relates to using classroom time effectively. As such, our programs and materials are correlated to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as individual state standards and STEM learning objectives. We are serious about not only energy education but also about supporting those teachers engaged in the same work.
This spring we are conducting a groundbreaking national energy literacy survey with high school seniors. We are anxious to evaluate and share what these students know and understand about energy. The results will guide us and others as we move forward in a continued effort to cultivate an informed society who can successfully meet the energy challenges of this century.