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Frequently Asked Questions

Can entrants be from any middle or high school anywhere in the U.S.?
Yes. All student participants must be enrolled in middle or high school or the homeschool equivalent in the U.S., its territories or its possessions at the time of entry (i.e., the fall 2017 semester). Please review the Rules for more information.

Is there a specific grade-point average that qualifies a student to be "in good standing?"
No. We rely on your own educational institution to determine if you are in good standing.

What should I submit?
A complete entry consists of two components: a written entry and a comic or a 90-second video. Please review the Guidelines for more information.

What is the length limit for the written entry?
The written entry must be submitted in two sections, each of which is limited to 1,600 characters, including spaces. Please review the "Entry Guidelines" section in this guide for more information.

What is the length limit for my comic?
Comics should be 1-3 pages (8.5x11) in length.

How will my comic entry be submitted and in what form?
You are required to submit your comic as a JPEG file on the competition platform.

How will my video entry be submitted and in what form?
You must upload your video to the competition platform. If possible, record in HD (i.e., 1280 x 720).

Does the video have to include credits identifying the video creator and any volunteers?
No. Your video does not have to include credits.

If I include credits on my video are they included in the 90-second limit?
Yes. The entire video should be 90 seconds.

Once I submit my video, can I revise it or replace it with another video prior to the Jan. 8, 2018, deadline?
No. Once you submit a video to the contest it is considered a final submission and cannot be revised or replaced. However, you can save your entry on the competition platform and edit it before submitting.

What characterizes a winning entry?
Entries are scored based on creativity, scientific accuracy and the visual appeal of the comic. Please review the Judging & Prizes for more information.

Can I contribute to more than one entry?
An individual is limited to submitting one independent entry. However, an individual who submits their own independent entry can also contribute to a team entry.

How will semifinalists and finalists be notified?
All winners will be notified via email, either to your own email or to a parent, guardian or trusted teacher's email account.

Do I need parental or guardian permission to participate?
Yes. Every student and their parent or guardian must fill out and submit a Parental / Guardian Permission Form, available on the competition platform. Please review the Rules for more information.

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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