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Gen Nano comic heroes

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are sending up the signal and asking for your help!

We're calling all middle and high school students to gear up and compete in this year's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science challenge!

Create a written entry and either a comic or a 90-second video that illustrates your science-powered superhero in action.

Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Your mission is to enter the Gen Nano challenge by January 8.

Deadline extended to Wednesday, January 10!

Start here to learn about the competition.


September 18, 2017Competition opens
January 10, 2018Entries due
January 2018First round of judging
Early February 2018Semifinal round of judging
Late February 2018Final round of judging
April 6-8, 2018Winners present their displays at 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival.

Superhero images (L-R): Dilatant by Hannah Kim and Daniel Kim (1st Place 2016-2017); Nanoman by Eric Liu (1st Place 2015-2016); Covalent by Emily Knight (semifinalist 2015-2016); Galacta-Man by Joyce Phelps (semifinalist 2015-2016); Radio Blitz by Madeleine Chang (2nd Place 2015-2016).

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Generation Nano Competition
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314

Follow the competition #GenNano

Who: 6-12 grade -- individuals or teams of 2-3

What: A short comic OR video to tell a story and describe how your hero uses science on their mission or quest

When: Enter between Sept. 18, 2017-Jan. 10, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST

Where: Learn more and enter at

Why: To promote an early interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Questions? Contact the Generation Nano Team at

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