QUEST 2018

Quest Institutes will offer two sessions from 8:30am until 3:30pm on the Princeton University campus.  Searching for Life on other Worlds: June 25-29th and Climate & the Ocean: July 9-13th.


1. Searching for Life on other Worlds will take place June 25-29, 2018 for teachers in grades 4-12

What is life? What are the limits of life as we know it?  How do we search for and detect extraterrestrial life? Teachers will better understand the problems of searching for life as we know it (and as we don’t know it) through the lens of Engineering Design in the NGSS. Every teacher will receive a copy of Deep Life by Prof. T.C. Onstott.

At Princeton University with Prof. T.C. Onstott and Danielle Schmitt, Department of Geosciences.  Along with Lead Teachers: Dr. Kate Heavers and Jennifer Bridgewater, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.

Click here 2018 Quest Searching for Life.pdf for a printable copy.

2. Climate & the Ocean will take place July 9-13, 2018 for teachers in grades K-8

The ocean plays many important roles in our climate.  The ocean records changes in climate, modifies those changes, and is significantly impacted by climate. We will explore various interactions between the ocean and climate systems.

Climate & the Ocean will focus on the Disciplinary Core Ideas as well as Science & Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards to support teachers’ implementations.

Teachers will plan NGSS aligned lessons and engage in these NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

  •  Developing and using models
  •  Analyzing and interpreting data
  •  Engaging in argument from evidence

At Princeton University with Dr. Steve Carson, John Witherspoon Middle School and formerly with the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Danielle Schmitt, Geosciences.  Along with Lead Teachers: Martha Friend, Princeton Public Schools and Michelle Hill, Hillsborough Township Public Schools.

Click here 2018 Quest Ocean.pdf for a printable copy.


QUEST is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge of science and mathematics through laboratory experiments and experiences aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Registration fee is $250 before 4/6/18 and fee increases to $300 after 4/6/18. Apply here.

Space is limited and we may not be able to accept all applications.


Contact Anne Catena, Ed.D. with questions at or 609-258-3336.