Max is a smart kid with big dreams. After winning a national science fair at 8 years old, he was recruited to attend graduate school at The University where he was given his own research lab, but he's more interested in entrepreneurship. Although he's started multiple companies around his creative ideas, they've all failed. Max has tremendous potential, but he's just a kid, and his childlike predilections have been his biggest obstacles.
Max's best friend, Landon, is smart too, but he's not like the rest of the clan... he's not a nerd. He excels in sports and usually has the the most sensible things to say. He's also quick to point out others' zaniness. He's an engineering grad student at The University and has deep contacts at DARPA and various other government agencies that are quick to reach out to him for his practical advice.
Penelope likes to talk... about everything. She's smart but sometimes becomes anxious about the most insignificant thing. By 6th grade, she finished most of her PhD coursework in psychology. She loves to apply her knowledge and seems to enjoy analyzing the rest of the clan... they usually don't mind it.
Finn is Max's little brother. He's smarter than Max but some say he lives in an alternate universe. Although he loves chess, movies, and trivia, his true passions are neuroscience, math, and falconry... yes, falconry! He's breezing through grad school, and is currently leading the world's most advanced artificial intelligence research lab at The University.
Finn's witty, intellectual, but lazy pet owl is Aristotle. Finn is always quick to point out that the bond between man and birds of prey is innate, dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze age.
This is Penelope's good-natured but intellectually challenged cat, Leonardo. He thinks he's a big ferocious tiger (among a few other delusions), mainly because Penelope has convinced him as such.
Think Shop Research Institute
This is where most of the cutting edge work happens. The University built it for Max and his friends after receiving numerous requests (and all the grant money) from both public and private sector leaders who see tremendous potential in these kids.
The University placed Professor Schmidt in charge of the research institute to make sure it runs smoothly. He's also the kids' research and dissertation sponsor, giving them advice when they need it. He's uptight about almost everything!
Professor Stone is an economist and Penelope's father. Although he was smart when he was young, he has the goofiest ideas. Tenure has kept him on campus and engaged with students at The University, much to the chagrin of University administrators.
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