Since its launch online several years ago, teachers have grown to love Research Quest. The program improves students’ critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. Plus:
- It's easy to use — for teachers AND students
- It aligns with middle school standards for science and ELA
- Students love it for the engaging activities and authentic science
- It's completely free and available online
Research Quest's phenomena-based learning experiences build students' understanding of disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science practices. Each investigation engages students in asking questions and using models to analyze and interpret data they'll use to construct explanations our phenomenon-based questions.
As a teacher, you have several great options — each aligned with state educational standards:
- The Traditional Approach
- Livestream Sessions (Great for kids learning at home)
- On-Demand Classes (Great for kids learning at home)
If you'd like to give your students a deeper dive, you can also set up a teacher account to access addtional resources — we call this the Traditional Approach. You can then lead your students through Research Quest investigations in your class, or have them do it on their own at home, using the materials and instructions you provide them.
The Traditional Approach
Research Quest was designed to be used by teachers in their physical classrooms. It has everything they need to lead a class — instructional guides, links to educational standards, expert videos custom made for students — and it's all available online. Students access the Research Quest investigations by logging in through the student portal - they don't need to create their own account.
With schools closed, we've found that some teachers are interested in making these traditional Research Quest resources available to students while they're at home. This isn't how we designed Research Quest — but for many, it seems to be working.
Here's how to use the Research Quest investigations yourself and provide students with directions for how, when, and what you want them to do.
- Create a Teacher Account at www.researchquest.org.
- Log into your new account www.researchquest.org.
- Review the Instructional Guide for the investigation you want your students to do. These are found on the Teacher Support page.
- Send your students to www.researchquest.org/student. And give them the Student Access Code associated with your account. You can find it under My Account>Student Access Code.
- Direct students to the investigation you want them to complete.
- Give students a printed or digital copy of the Research Assistant Notebook for that investigation. Links to these can be found on the Teacher Support page in your account.
Livestream Sessions (resuming this fall)
Our NHMU educators facilitate Research Quest investigations, providing modeling and support for students as you normally would in the classroom. Students can ask questions and every class is followed by a Study Hall where they can get help with their work. After Study Hall, a special, expert guest answers students’ questions.
Review the schedule of Live Sessions and let your students know when to tune in. You can download the Research Assistant Notebook and send it to them yourself, or you can have them download and print it themselves using the provided link.
Direct students to www.researchquestlive.org on the date and time of the class. They can use either the RQLIVE Student Access Code or your unique Student Access Code, which is found under My Account once you're logged into your Research Quest account.
On-Demand Classes (available 24/7)
Students can use the Research Quest investigations with recorded support from NHMU educators. As students work on the investigations, our educators are there every step of the way to provide essential modeling, guidance and answers to common questions students may have.
Review the schedule of On-Demand Classes and let your students know which one to take. You can download the Research Assistant Notebook and send it to them yourself, or you can have them download and print it themselves using the provided link.
They can use either the RQARCHIVE Student Access Code or your unique Student Access Code, which is found under My Account once you're logged into your Research Quest account.
Need Help or Have Questions?
NHMU's Research Quest team is here and ready to help. Contact the RQ team anytime with questions.