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 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.

As you explore the Smithsonian Quests™ site, you can earn digital badges that recognize what have been doing to explore, connect and act through Smithsonian resources. Students and teachers can “unlock” a badge by completing a set of accompanying quests that go with it. Your quests will be reviewed by a specially selected group of Smithsonian experts before you earn the badge.

Check out a sampling, below, of some of our most popular digital badge offerings in a variety of different subject areas and disciplines. You can also see examples of what students around the world have submitted in our Student Showcase. Happy Quest-ing!

Arthropod Agent

Recognize unique adaptations of arthropods and learn how you can protect these creatures in your own backyard.


Identify pivotal moments in history where diplomacy has helped shape decision-making and negotiation in international relations, as well as on a national and local level.

Oral Historian

Consider how oral traditions are passed on from generations and how our history intersects with your everyday life.

Historical Biographer

Using speeches, symbols and collection items, create a visual narrative about American Presidents of the past.

Symbols Spotter

Discover how symbols found in a presidential portrait, the presidential seal and the American Flag provide insight into the historical and cultural background of the United States.

Dirt Detective

Explore what goes into soils and get your hands dirty through environmental awareness.

Arts Advocate

Reflect on how the arts can be used to describe experiences, communicate ideas and create connections to other disciplines.


Determine important quality information about the water sources near you.

Culture Keeper

Identify elements of culture through personal experiences, observations, and reflections.


Create a news article and “infographic” about a water-related topic.


Explore ocean life from many perspectives and use technical resources to develop a knowledge base for your creativity to run wild!

H2O Hero

Investigate human impact on Earth’s most precious and finite resource: water and what you can do to make a difference—after all, it’s your civic responsibility.

Conservation Campaigner

Investigate human interaction with the natural world and discover ways to address present-day global environmental concerns.

Invasions Investigator

Discover how the introduction of non-native species in a marine environment affects water quality and the native species of a given area.


Classify, describe and measure trees in your area to understand the unique nature of various species of trees and the benefits that trees offer to their environment.