TO BE FUTURE-READY, Students and adults need to be CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS.

But how to get started?

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First on Mars is the immersive, evidence-backed and Space Industry 2.0-focused program to launch learners to being future-ready with the big-picture skills to set them apart as 30-70% of today's jobs are impacted by AI, robotics and more over the next 15 years. 

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You want your leaders and learners to create amazing projects? Kickstart their creativity by going on an imaginative journey to Mars. Choose from:

• 3-5 hr mini-mission, or • 2-3 day incursion.

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PLUS: Talk to an Astro-geologist, grow Space seeds, experience VR, create stories, engage with STEM, hold a piece of Mars and so much more...

(*From $39.95, free to all First on Mars workshop attendees)

How can you use our practical imagination and curiosity activities to transform your organisation or classroom? Our playbook shows you the way with 7 detailed options you can apply even if you can't attend one of our workshops.




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2050. Everyone was so busy planning for survival, they forgot the next step.

By the time 1000 people had settled on Mars, they had managed to solve problems like radiation and food, but had exhausted all their old ideas just at a time when they should have been ready to grow - that’s where YOU come in. What is the first thing Mars needs to become a thriving community?

Possible Themes: 'First School on Mars', 'First Kids on Mars', 'First Sport on Mars', 'First Community on Mars', 'First Business on Mars', 'First Agency on Mars', or 'First _ (insert your org) on Mars'.

The 'future-proof skills' framework behind First on Mars:         

Each level of First on Mars matches to these future literacies (Note: You will always find the latest version at


  • Huge change across tech, work and society is creating an ‘Age of Transition’ and disruption

  • Learners of all ages and organisations need creative problem solving skills to thrive tomorrow

  • FirstOnMars is the training simulation where the journey to master these skills can begin


MISSIONS OPTIONS:  From 2 hrs, 2 days or 4 days, customised for your timetable.

1: Leaders

E.g. First TEAM on Mars, or First _your_org_here_ on Mars: What should the first org like yours look like on Mars?

'Go to Mars and come back knowing how to re-think leadership and what ‘school' needs to be, prep students for age of transition, and gain better personal project planning skills'. 


First SCHOOL or CLASSROOM on Mars: What might learning look like on Mars?

'Skip the early/late adopter divide - Go to Mars and come back knowing how to prep students and self on where to start with tech so teachers and students can all succeed'. 

3: Students

First Kids on Mars: What is the first thing students will dream up so the new community on Mars can thrive? And would this idea work back on earth?

'Go to Mars and come back with the skills needed to succeed in a future, sustainable world by dreaming up what the first projects on mars would need to be'.

CONTACT us for our overview PDF so you can book a First On Mars mission that's customised for your needs.

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N.B. These programs are specially designed to sit on top of and help super-charge your existing efforts.


Jonathan Nalder

Founder, program developer, workshop delivery and community support



Mission and community development and support



*SPECIAL THANKS to Samantha Adams Becker for co-brainstorming the original 'First School on Mars' idea.


WATCH Astrobiologist and supporting expert Richard Blake talk about what he will do first when he gets to Mars:

WATCH Engineer, Mars-specialist and Performing Artist Niamh Shaw talk about why thinking differently to solve big problems like going to Mars is so important now:


VIEW images from Leadership and Student FirstOnMars sessions: