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Generation Nano: Presented by the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative


Are you a high-school student interested in superheroes? Are you a teacher, family member or friend of a student who has an interest in science and art? Below are some resources that may help you get the word out! We have a downloadable Participants' Guide and other materials, suggested tweets and an example blog post.

Participants' Guide



Please feel free to use the following sample tweets to help promote the Generation Nano competition:

#GenNano, the @NSF Create-Your-Own Superhero competition, inspires high schoolers to power their hero w/#nanotech.

High schoolers: Accept the #GenNano challenge and create your own #nanotech-powered superhero! @NSF;

Enjoy science? Like superheroes? In high school? Then #GenNano is for you! Hosted by @NSF. See for more info.

Example Blog Post

Generation Nano - Bringing nanotechnology and superheroes together

The idea of the superhero armed with fantastical powers has mesmerized the world for nearly a century. The ability to fly without wings, climb buildings like a gecko or see through walls is popularly interpreted as magical, with no scientific foundation. As we make advances in nanotechnology and materials research however, we're discovering that superhero powers may not be that far-fetched. Through nanotechnology applications like targeted drug delivery, smart materials, molecular motors, advanced sensors and artificial red blood cells, we may not have to wait until that fateful day when we're bitten by a radioactive spider in order to become superhuman!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) are excited to invite YOU to compete in Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes. This competition asks high school students to submit an original idea for a unique superhero who uses nanotechnology to undertake a societal mission. Students can envision gear that is grounded in current research but not yet possible, allowing them to learn about the potential and limitations of real-world nanotechnology.

A complete entry has three components: a short, written entry, a short video and a comic strip. The entry should introduce the superhero and demonstrate how nanotechnology research is incorporated into the hero's story to address the chosen mission. Winners will receive cash prizes.

Want more information? Visit or email the Generation Nano team:

Follow us at #GenNano

Submit your entry now!

Generation Nano Competition
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230 USA

Follow the competition #GenNano

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. Public voting in April, 2017.

Where: Learn more and submit your entry online at

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

More Questions? Contact the Generation Nano team at