Nexgen Inquiry Quests

Video-Guided Science Challenges

Grades 3-8

Prepping and delivering science lessons can be incredibly time-consuming, especially if you want them to be inquiry-based, hands-on, and highly engaging. NexGen Inquiry Quests can help! 

Compelling scenarios capture student interest while introducing them to a real-world problem they can solve with science. Story-driven videos guide students through a process of scientific inquiry and hands-on experimentation. Students exercise critical and creative thinking through scientific journaling, collaborate with peers, and apply what they learn to make the world a better place. Save time and master science standards with these low-prep, high-engagement video-guided quests.

How It Works

Each quest includes 3 inquiry-based investigations, each 1 hour in length. You determine your class teams and give them access to the supplies. The videos guide students through the investigations as you facilitate, troubleshoot, and look out for those teachable moments! 

What’s Included

  • Student-facing videos and instructions to conduct science investigations and/or engineering challenges
  • Teacher Notes to facilitate and extend learning
  • Real-world connections (videos from actual scientists)
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • Scientific Journal with prompts for critical thinking
  • Formative and summative assessments
  • Correlation to NGSS
  • List of inexpensive, easy-to-find materials (or purchase supply kit separately)


  • $29 per quest (without supplies)
  • Supply kits available for each quest: $224 for a class of up to 30 students with 15 teams.

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NexGen Inquiry Quests

Lights Out! Finding Your Way Through the Dark

A storm has hit and the power has gone out! Using your Emergency Response Kit and recycled materials, engineer your very own flashlight. Will your light be bright enough to read the secret code in the dark? 

  • Learn how to design a simple circuit. 
  • Discover how to design series and parallel circuits. 
  • Design and engineer a working flashlight.
  • Collaborate with peers to refine flashlight and find your way through the dark.

Inquiry Quest: $29 (for a class of up to 30 students with 15 teams)

Supply Kit: $224 (for a class of up to 30 students with 15 teams)

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Crime Scene Forensics: The Case of the Missing Bearded Dragon

A beloved bearded dragon has gone missing! Luckily, the criminal left behind a mysterious powder. Utilizing physical and chemical properties, identify the mystery powder left behind, link the crime to a suspect, and help bring our bearded dragon home! 

  • Learn how to analyze and identify 5 different known powders.
  • Discover the difference between physical and chemical properties of materials.
  • Identify the mystery powder that was left behind at the scene of the crime.
  • Collaborate with your fellow scientists to make a case against a suspect.

Inquiry Quest: $29 (for a class of up to 30 students with 15 teams)

Supply Kit: $224 (for a class of up to 30 students with 15 teams)

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