How often in the history of the universe has life evolved to an advanced state? · How can we make ourselves understood by other civilizations in the galaxy? · What does it take to make an exoplanet habitable? · Is cryosleep biologically possible? · Where are we on the Kardashev Scale? · What’s the Zoo Hypothesis? · How can life exist in extreme environments? · 
How often in the history of the universe has life evolved to an advanced state? · How can we make ourselves understood by other civilizations in the galaxy? · What does it take to make an exoplanet habitable? · Is cryosleep biologically possible? · Where are we on the Kardashev Scale? · What’s the Zoo Hypothesis? · How can life exist in extreme environments? · 
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Galactic Explorations
A 6-week online team experience for kids 9-14
An immersive learning experience where kids (ages 9-14) collaborate on guided mega-projects. They’ll build meaningful friendships as they work through challenges and make exciting discoveries together.
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From decoding radio signals inspired by the Arecibo Message to wrapping their minds around the Fermi Paradox, your kids will explore how the mission to terraform exoplanets will utilize tools, theories, and principles across disciplines—not just astronomy but also biology, physics, cryptography, statistics, and chemistry.
 
Conor (12) of Team Supernova obtained extra funding for their mission by presenting this space city pitch to an investor.j
Uncertainty inspires wonder. Your young explorers will traverse uneven ground, and we hope they’ll relish the challenge. Kids will get a glimpse of the weighty questions that scientists wrestle with every day. They won’t just be told what we know about the universe, they’ll also grapple with slivers of the vast mysteries that remain.
Victory (13) of Team Interspace designed a LOBSTICHOP alien "just for fun".
And kids won’t be alone on their voyage. They’ll solve problems in live Rooms with fellow young scientists, discuss mind-boggling thought experiments with other teams, and synthesize their explorations into a final collaborative project.
 
Adrian (10) of Team Galaxy's prototype for their planet's solar panels built in scratch.

What to expect

Weeks 1-2: Exoplanet Explorations

Teams set off on the trip of a lifetime to an exoplanet of their choice. When they arrive, they'll find they're missing some creature comforts from home; small things, like food, oxygen, and livable temperatures. Using creative teamwork and thoughtful research, they'll design a solution that makes their new home a little more habitable.
Interspace's Team Flag

Weeks 3-5: Science Fiction, Science Fact

Kids join the great modern conversations about space through experimentation as they decide how to proceed on their exoplanet. If microorganisms live in frozen seawater on Earth, is there life locked away in the ice fields of other planets? What role should commercial interests play in galactic development? How can you communicate all of humanity to an unknown observer lightyears away?
Habitat Projects from Shivali (10, Team Galactic), Josh (12,Team Celeste), Maya (13, Team Asteria), and Damian (12, Team Solar).

Week 6: To Galaxies Beyond

Kids return to Earth and use their new knowledge to propose real research that promotes discovery about Earth-like exoplanets. Teams choose an area of focus, such as the non-living origins of life, a redefinition of the habitable zone, or terraforming Venus to conduct large scale experiments nearby. They'll finish the Pursuit inspired by possibility and anchored by tangible entry points for further independent exploration.

FAQs

What is Primer?
Primer is the world’s first community built for ambitious kids to explore their interests together — ranging from writing to cooking to game design! Primer is a playground for experimentation and a collaborative workshop for passion projects.
What will kids accomplish in Pursuits?
Kids will finish the Pursuit...
  • With six weeks of deep, focused work on a specific topic they’re excited about
  • Exposed to ideas, theories, and perspectives they likely haven’t encountered before
  • Proud of a collaborative project they've worked on with kids from around the world that share their interests and ambition
  • With real friendships they can carry on into future Primer Clubs, Rooms, and Pursuits
How much does it cost?
Pursuits are included in your Primer membership, which costs $49 per month for your first kid and $19 per month for each additional kid. Partial scholarships are available; reach out to us at [email protected] for more information.
What is the schedule and time commitment?
Kids will need to commit 3-5 hours a week over 6 weeks to participate in the Pursuit. This includes live group sessions and offline activities during the week.
Why can’t my younger / older kid join for the Pursuit?
We’re still figuring out how to best support kids of all age ranges — and hope to expand our capacity soon! Right now our focus is on delivering magical experiences for kids between the ages of 9-14.
How do teams work?
Kids will work closely in teams of 3-4. Teams will be grouped by similar time availability for online sessions. There will be (optional) opportunities for team bonding activities outside of the official schedule too.
What are the safety features?
Safety is our top priority. Trained facilitators will be guiding teams through the experience. For extra measure, Pursuits are padded with safety features — including our Team Chat (with filters to monitor for possible violations of our Community Guidelines). Kids will also be able to self-report if an issue arises. Have more questions? Please email us: [email protected].
Can I invite a friend to participate in Pursuits with me?
Of course! Invite them to sign up for Primer and join the Pursuit waitlist. You can email [email protected] to let us know you’d like to be on the same team.
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A 6-week online team experience for kids 9-14
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