A museum has launched a digital program which takes students on virtual expeditions, in an approach which has been called gaming for education.
Research Quest is being launched by the Natural History Museum of Utah, and middle schoolers are finding that it is as cool as any app for their phones.
The program takes students through three different scenarios. Students use 3D technology along with videos to explore mysteries real scientists are investigating at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry near Price, Utah.
Director of educational initiatives Madlyn Runburg says that the program is “gaming for education”. The museum wanted to use unique information and present it in an accessible format that promotes higher order learning and thinking skills.
“(Research Quest) is really not about learning about dinosaurs,” Runburg said. “It’s about using the excitement and background knowledge students have about dinosaurs to engage them in authentic, meaningful learning experiences.”