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Research Quest

Research Quest is an exciting new program created by the Museum that gives middle school students the chance to engage in authentic online investigations. We bring real research questions and actual artifacts from our collections to students, thanks to incredible 3D and game technologies every bit as cool as the newest smartphone apps. Students explore fossils from the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, videos of our paleontologists, and more as they analyze evidence and develop their own theories.

Research Quest is fun and engaging for students. Teachers love how it is easy to use and that it aligns with the latest learning standards, including Utah’s 7th grade science and ELA standards. The best part: Research Quest is designed to improve students’ critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

Teachers can use Research Quest today – they just need one computer/tablet/iPad per two students. Read more about the details of implementing the program on the Teacher Support page of our Research Quest site.

Research Quest fits teachers’ core curricula, it’s a blast for students, and it’s free.


cartoon image of a dinosaur standing in a lab
cartoon image of a dinosaur standing in a lab
Ready to explore the investigations? Note, the Research Quest website asks you to set up a user account, which gives you access to your students' work from your personal account page. There is no obligation to use the program when you create an account, and nothing about the program costs money.



“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!”

– Heather Threlkeld, 8th grade science teacher, Legacy Preparatory Academy in Woods Cross


"My students love the Research Quest program designed by the 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 students to learn and this program is a perfect fit for those skills. My students 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."

– Brandy Beckman, 6th grade science teacher, Quest Academy in West Haven