Melissa Mendenhall, Alpine School District, Science Specialist and Instructional Coach
Research Quest provides an effective way for teachers to increase student critical thinking skills and science literacy through inquiry-based instruction. The different investigations are facilitated by a scientist and help students to use observation and research to write evidence-based arguments. Students also experience how to adjust their hypotheses to incorporate new understanding through contact with online learning resources. Research Quest is efficient at utilizing science practices to engage students in scientific communication while using authentic resources in real situations.
Carolyn Robertson, Snowcrest Junior High, 7th grade, Weber School District
I have never used a program before that does such a great job teaching how to collect, classify and use evidence to determine an answer. This process focused students into being scientists who collect facts and then make decisions. I found the emotional or opinion or even lazier easy route was not taken as the students dug deeply to find evidence to determine what the solutions could be. The students really impressed me with their presentations! I think they impressed themselves with how smart they sounded.
Deb Smith, Hillside Middle School, 7th grade, Salt Lake School District
Research Quest is a great way for students to explore science standards, using critical thinking skills within a real-life situation. My students found the Research Quest investigations fascinating and fun to do.
Felicia Bedwell, Green Acres Elementary School, 4th grade, Weber School District
Thanks for making a great activity for me to use. My students are crazy about it and I know that during the summer, they will still play around with it, coming up with various designs and then testing them out. I can't wait to see what else you come up with!
Bobbie Nielsen, Matheson Jr High, 7th grade, Granite School District
Thank you for doing this. I have been looking for materials that are more student centered. The new curriculum calls for it. It will help bridge from how I've been teaching and how I will be expected to teach the new SEEd standards.
Madison Kingsford, Mountain Heights Academy Online Charter, 7th grade, Charter
The research quest activities are well worth the time! I loved how the interactives guide students through the process of identifying and evaluating evidence. The activities are exciting and engaging for students while helping students learn how to form arguments based on evidence. We loved the Research Quest investigations! They are well put together and easy to implement. I hope you create more in the future!
Megan Hurster, Weilemann School of Discovery, 6th-8th grade, Charter
Overall, this was such a valuable resource for us this year! We absolutely loved it and look forward to using it again in the future. The students felt very motivated and Carrie is a real celebrity in our classroom. Thank you!
Sharon McGarry, Syracuse Jr High, 7th grade, Davis SD
Overall these were awesome investigations! My favorite was the Quarry because of the availability of evidence students could use to support their claim. I could really see my students engaging in higher level thinking. Another reason I think this was the best one is because it was the last one we did. I learned a lot from running the first two investigations. Next year will be even better!
Brandy Beckman, Quest Academy, 6th-8th grades, Charter
My student's have been loving the Research Quest program designed by Natural History Museum of Utah. The interactive nature of the program keeps students completely engaged in their learning. Critical thinking skills are so important for student's to learn and this program is a perfect fit for that. My student's are asking all manner of questions, they are so caught up in the "mystery" they are solving, they hardly know they are learning crucial skills for their future. The format of the quest requires the students to write a hypothesis for all of their findings, which is great practice for a science or STEM fair. I would highly encourage any teacher who has the opportunity to participate in this program to do so as soon as they can.
Karen Kraus, Delta Woods Middle School, 6th-8th grades, Blue Springs School District, Missouri
Overall, I was pleased to see the way several science concepts and science practices were used in these investigations. My colleague and I talked about using this as an end of unit assessment.
Kamie Fultz, University School of Milwaukee, 6th grade
This is one of the best, if not THE BEST, most complete new resource that I have encountered in the past few years. I spend an inordinate amount of time searching online for new ideas and tools to help engage my students in science and help them to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers. Well done!
Jessica Constant, Syracuse Jr High, 7th grade, Davis School District
I really love the investigations. It's a great resource for students. Thanks for all the hard work that was put into making them.
Lora Gibbons, Mountain Heights Academy Online, 7th grade, Charter
Research Quest was a great opportunity to implement an innovative new simulation aligned to the new Utah SEEd standards. I loved seeing how it worked online. It actually was really a great fit for my course. I'm excited to see how I can continue to improve this activity to really help my students.
Jennifer MacKay, Riverview Jr High, 7th grade, Murray Schools
Research Quest is a great tool when it comes to helping your students think and act like scientists. It is aligned with the new Utah SEEd standards. By completing Research Quest students have the opportunity to be engaged with all the Cross-cutting Concepts. I would use it yearly in my teaching.
Dr. Christelle Estrada, Title III Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Online Research Quest is designed so that teachers are better supported in using the amazing resources of the Natural History Museum of Utah and also experience and reflect on their own learning, developing and using a broader skill set that applies to all content areas.
Heather Threlkeld, Legacy Prepatory Academy, 8th grade, Charter
Research Quest is amazing! It brings to life a problem facing actual scientists and encourages students to use real-world skills to create and justify their opinion. Critical thinking is such a necessary skill for our students and this experience helps them to work through a problem step-by-step as they come to a conclusion. The tools are interactive, the information is easy to understand, and the resources allow for differentiation and collaboration in class. I can't wait to let my students loose with this program!