Generation Nano: Presented by the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative
Small Science, Superheroes
About Generation Nano
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) are excited to continue Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes! This competition asks high school students to choose a societal area to focus on and then design nanotechnology-enabled gear for an original superhero.
Students can envision gear that is grounded in current research but not yet possible, allowing them to learn about the potentials and limitations of real-world nanotechnology. Students will first identify one societal mission from a list of four to address and then submit an entry with three parts: a written section, a short comic strip and a video. Image credit
How to Enter
To see if the Gen Nano competition is right for you, please thoroughly review our downloadable Participant Guide before attempting to submit an entry. You can also find important information on what a complete entry is like in the Entry Guidelines; learn how, where, and when to submit your entry and how it will be judged on the Process & Prizes page; and be sure to review the Rules & FAQ. Description & credit
Generation Nano Resources
Learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology, and what nanoscale means on the Resources page. You can also find useful links on comic generation and free, non-copyrighted image and audio sources there.
Many inspiring superheroes have already come out of the Gen Nano competition. See the 2015-2016 Results including a video montage of the Awards Show. (The 2016-1017 semifinalists and finalists will also be found in the Results section.)
Description & credit
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230 USA
Who: High-school students — individuals or teams of two to three
What: A written entry, 2–3 page comic strip and 90-second video introducing the hero and story • Explains importance and potential impact of societal mission • Describes nanotechnology usage
When: Competition opens October 5, 2016; submissions due by 11:59 p.m. EST, January 31, 2017.