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Are you a 6-12th grade student interested in superheroes? Are you a teacher, family member or friend of a student who has an interest and science and art?

This Toolkit contains materials that may help you get the word out! Below are downloadable materials, suggested tweets, and a sample blog post.

Participant Guide

Download a PDF file of the GenNano Participant Guide at this link.


Download a PDF file of this postcard at this link, or save the images below directly from your browser.


Download a PDF file of this poster at this link, or save the image below directly from your browser.

Suggested Tweets

#GenNano, the @NSF Create-Your-Own Superhero competition, inspires 6-12 graders to power their hero w/#science.

6-12 Graders: Accept the #GenNano challenge. Create your own #science powered superhero and tell their story! @NSF;

Enjoy science? Like superheroes? In 6-12 grade? Then #GenNano is for you! Hosted by @NSF. See for more info.

Example Blog Posts

Looking for a way to inspire students with a scholarship opportunity? The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative are excited to announce the continuation of Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science, a science superhero competition!

We're challenging 6-12th graders to create or empower a unique superhero using science and engineering. Students then tell their hero's story -- how they used science to solve crimes and meet today's challenges -- in a short comic or video. Students can work individually or in teams of two to three. Submission window: Sept. 18, 2017-Jan. 8, 2018.

Students compete for a chance to win scholarship money and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival to present their superhero, and the science behind it. Teachers who encourage the first-place teams will also receive an honorarium. Learn more at and follow the competition at #GenNano

Download and share with family and friends!


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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