Teachers face increasing demand to incorporate applied learning in lesson plans, but lack resources to provide these experiences. Research Quest is an instructional tool created by the Natural History Museum of Utah that offers inquiry-based science modules using interactive digital models. It leverages the museum’s research and collections to support development of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills throughout K-12 education. These investigations support both learning and assessment.
Students work in groups to analyze evidence and answer questions. Videos from scientists, reference photos, and other instructional material help guide students through the modules. Research Quest provides teacher support materials, such as instructional strategies and lesson objectives, to assist with successful facilitation of the tool. Current modules target 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science teachers, with tools in development for other grades.