Another great online resource for families of middle schoolers is from the Natural History Museum of Utah. The museum is helping with the morning hours at home by providing an interactive version of its education program called Research Quest. It is available to students across the country. Students can interact in live sessions with professors, weekdays at 9:30 am, MDT (11:30 am, EST). Also, there are archived versions of each class. The Natural Museum of Utah’s YouTubeChannel provides live streaming of the Research Quest along with other educational content.

Research Quest Class are:

  • Designed for middle school students to work independently, and younger students with help.
  • Facilitated by a professional NHMU educator.
  • Interactive and available free of charge.
  • Offered weekdays beginning at 9:30 AM MDT, (11:30 am, EST).
  • Taught in multiple sessions with fresh content each day.

“The live stream aspect was way cool,” said Jennifer Treadway of Olympus Cove, whose sixth- and eighth-grader were early participants. “The class was really clear, and I like that it used real scientific terms. My kids wrote down their own observations quickly, and were definitely surprised when the teacher’s list was so much longer. They said, ‘Wow, I didn’t notice that.’ I’ve looked at a lot of resources over the past couple of days. The interactive piece is a clear benefit.”

To learn more and sign up for Research Quest Live, visit

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