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1st PLACE!
Peppy T. Polymer

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Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, Maryland

Oh, SNAPP! I'm coming!
Will Peppy be brave and confident enough to fight the monstrous CRE virus in Dr. Leona's daughter's body, and prove herself worthy of having a place in the future fight against superbugs?

Embarking on a dangerous journey through a girl’s body that is infected by superbugs, Peppy meets a friend along the way and defeats the ultimate superbug king.

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2nd PLACE!
Doctor DNA & Estron

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Robert Cook Edwards Middle School in Clemson, South Carolina

Personalized medicine at quantum speeds.
Doctor DNA Saves Hundreds Using Quantum Computation

My hero, Doctor DNA, finds personalized medical treatments based on a person’s exact genetics. Her brain has the abilities of a quantum computer, so she can examine huge amounts of genetic data to decipher what cures would be best for an individual.

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Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua, New Hampshire

Estron has landed.
Himari Takahashi, a biomedical engineer in Tokyo, designed and built her own super suit and motorcycle to fight crime and help people. She is now Estron, “alien” in Welsh, and everyone in Tokyo knows Estron has landed.


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Michelle & Gina

Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown, Maryland

No breach or brawl is too much for Bellator!
Bellator has fought many foes and protected her city well, but now, a new villain who goes by the name of Reaper has dangerous powers and is threatening her people. Who will win this epic battle?

Bellator is having a normal day at her university, when suddenly, a villain comes to harm people there: Reaper. Using her technology, Bellator will fight them, and when all hope seems lost, she’ll unveil her secret weapon and bring Reaper to justice.

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Dhruv & Priya

Takoma Park Middle School in Takoma Park, Maryland

My name is PIT, Hydro-PIT. I am totally JAWsome and you are totally FINished.
This claymation embodies photoimmunotherapy, a new approach to cancer treatment, by chronicling the story of Hydro-PIT, a goldfish-shark superhero with a mission to defeat supervillain Dr. Klaws.

Hydro-PIT captures the photoimmunotherapy approach to curing cancer. Hydro is a mild-mannered goldfish in ordinary life; however, on sighting the evil Dr. Klaws (i.e. cancer) wreaking havoc, she becomes PIT, a powerful shark who fights to defeat him.


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Benjamin, FL

Provento | Pay Attention to Detection in Infection Prevention

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Dhruv | Priya, MD

HydroPIT | My name is PIT, Hydro-PIT. I am totally JAWsome and you are totally FINished

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Hannah, MD

Peppy T. Polymer | Oh, SNAPP! I'm coming!

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Julie, NH

Estron | Estron has landed.

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Kathryn, SC

Doctor DNA | Personalized medicine at quantum speeds

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Lilian | Isabel, MD

Chiharu | Operation IQ will guide the way.

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Michelle | Gina, MD

Bellator | No breach or brawl is too much for Bellator!

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Nina-Rose, NY

Carbon | I'm Carbon! And Diamond...and Coal...and Graphite...

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Oscar, CO

Wave Bent | The waves carry people all the way, and here they are now.

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Shrinandan | Mukund, CA

Agent 1411 | My name is Agent 1411 and I fight the real villain in this world, Cancer!

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Walter, TN

The Salamander | In the pursuit of the right to be whole!

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Zachary | Robert | Asa, FL

Hydron | I'm on the scene, changing dirty water into clean.

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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