Looking for Smithsonian Quests?
Smithsonian Quests have been "reimagined" to be more media-rich and more flexible than the program you remember from 2012 through 2015. Those Quests were projects based on Smithsonian collections and expertise. Students worked under the guidance of our staff and teacher experts.
More than five thousand students from around the world submitted original multimedia projects and earned digital badges. Now, in the Smithsonian Learning Lab, teachers can:
- use or adapt the Smithsonian's online activities to meet their students' needs
- discover how other teachers are using and adapting these activities
- author and publish their own online activities using Smithsonian resources
- assign activities to a roster of students
The building blocks of these activities will be more than 1.3 million Smithsonian digital resources: artworks, photos, videos, texts, and more. Smithsonian staff members are now working to rebuild the most popular Smithsonian Quest activities into Learning Lab collections.
Check out these examples:
- Spotting Symbols in the Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington
- Astrophotography: Student Activity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
- The Civil Rights Movement and Persuasive Messages
- Investigating Human Impact on Water Resources
- Music as an Environmental Advocacy Approach
- Investigating Invasive Species
- Proud Publisher: Heritage Bookmaking Activity
- Understanding Soil Composition
- Student Activity: Clean Water Act Conservation Campaigner
- Presidential Legacies through Inaugural Speeches and Related Objects
- American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges
Thank you for your continued interest in Smithsonian learning experiences. We hope you will be a frequent visitor—and contributor to—Smithsonian Learning Lab. Learn more about getting started here.