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The Prime Academics Summer Science and Math Experience

Summer 2020 threw us all off guard. While summer usually means camps, internships, research programs and other extracurricular options, this summer left a void of viable opportunities for most students. A few Prime Academics students were eager to find a way to stay mentally engaged and productive this summer. In response, we designed the Prime Academics Summer Science and Math Experience! PASSME (no grades, no homework, no crying) balances the best aspects of one on one tutoring (more directed, individually tailored teaching and more attentive learning) with the best aspects of group learning (collaborating and socializing with peers).

PASSME: Welcome

Meet the PASSME team

Who We Are


Alex Porush

PASSME director and head of math curriculum


Luka Krstic

Head of science curriculum

PASSME: Team Members

Program Highlights

From PASSME Session I: June 29 - July 24

PASSME: Features

Math lecture series

PASSME founder Alex Porush led students through:

  1. Probability

  2. Combinatorics (counting)

  3. Geometric probability

  4. Geometric sequences and series

  5. Logic puzzles and riddles

  6. Paradoxes

  7. Number tricks

  8. Pascal's triangle

  9. Fibonacci Sequence, golden rectangles and spirals

  10. Perfect numbers, binary and powers of 2

Science lecture series

Prime Academics' all-star tutor Luka Krstic led students through:

  1. Color and vision

  2. Household chemical reactions

  3. Kepler and astronomy

  4. Chemistry of cooking and baking

  5. Quantum mechanics

  6. Thought and reason

  7. Consciousness

  8. Electricity

  9. Plants

  10. Water

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Breakout rooms and partner work

After each day's math and science lectures, students were assigned in pairs to breakout rooms to work on problem sets on the day's topics. Alex and Luka floated back and forth in the breakout rooms to support students and facilitate productive problem solving.

Weekly Jeopardy, games, and prizes

Each day students had opportunities to answer dozens of problems during the lectures and were awarded points based on the question difficulty. Students also played games like 24, "what's the second biggest number?", and Jeopardy! Our Friday Jeopardy sessions were a huge hit and the students racked up tons of points. At the end of each week, students could claim custom prizes (see prize gallery below).

Prize Gallery
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