Smithsonian Quests Program in Transition
In the 2015–16 school year, the Smithsonian Quests program will transition to a new online platform, the Smithsonian Learning Lab. At the Lab, you will be able to work with more than 1 million digitized collection objects, videos, and podcasts, and more than 2,000 lesson plans and student activities, including the Smithsonian Quests program. Your Smithsonian Quests username will move automatically to the Learning Lab.
After November 2, 2015, you will not have access to SmithsonianQuests.org. During this transition period, we suggest that you save any projects or submissions to your own file storage system. To learn more, visit the FAQ page by clicking here.
Smithsonian Quests™ inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!
The primary goal is to inspire youth to explore their own interests through a series of online activities and related incentive badges. Many of these badges are integrated with content from online education conferences, which highlight a variety of different topics.
The second goal is to enhance students’ cognitive capabilities by incorporating knowledge and skill-building into the quests. The online conferences and quests are interdisciplinary in nature, offering students the opportunity to choose what they care about most.
All quests engage students in exploring a topic of interest either as part of a formal standards-aligned school curriculum or as a student-driven after school activity. An important secondary audience is you, the educator, whose support is vital in connecting with students. To this end, you also will be offered badges that will document their participation in Smithsonian online conferences, online professional development sessions, and the completion of class projects. All quests will be reviewed and badges awarded by a team of Smithsonian experts.