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June 10, 2016

USA Science & Engineering Festival 2016 (Image 70)

At the "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes" competition awards ceremony held at the 2016 USA Science & Technology Festival, (left to right) second place and people's choice award winner Madeleine Chang from Bergen County Academies in New Jersey; first place winner Eric Liu from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia; and third place winner Vuong Mai from Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Georgia strike a pose with actor Wil Wheaton, who announced the winners. The competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Nanotechnology Initiative, challenged high school students to create superheroes that harness their powers from nanotechnology. A video recording by legendary superhero creator Stan Lee congratulated the winners and welcomed the audience. [You can view the contest winners' creative submissions in the NSF press release Big winners in small science challenge take center stage.]

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Augmented reality sandboxes, mammoth robotic sculptures, the science of guitars and actor Wil Wheaton's crowning of winners from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Nanotechnology Initiative-sponsored competition "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes" are just a few of the NSF activities that visitors could experience at the fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival that took place in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 2016. It is the nation's largest science and engineering (S&E) festival.

In the NSF exhibit halls, S&E researchers and educators presented projects that reflected NSF-supported diverse explorations, providing a glimpse into the knowledge, innovation and educational resources that result from investment in fundamental research.

The free event, which took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, aimed to inspire next-generation inventors and innovators through more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, experiments and live performances by science celebrities, inventors and subject-matter experts. An estimated 365,000 people attended the event this year.

A full list of the exhibits and live events spotlighting NSF-funded projects can be found in the NSF Media Advisory NSF hosts 26 hands-on exhibits at largest U.S. science and engineering festival. (Date image taken: April 2016; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 10, 2016) [Image 70 of 76 related images. See Image 71.]

Credit: Jessica Arriens, National Science Foundation

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