Nano Innovation Challenge

Grab your lab coat and goggles and help scientists address the UN Sustainable Development Goals using nanotechnology. Your idea might be the next great solution to providing people across the globe with clean water, better medicines, or making solar energy more economical. (Note: this Challenge is limited to North Carolina K-12 Schools)

The Task: Create a 3-minute multimedia presentation in the format of a video to pitch your idea for using nanotechnology to address one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Presentations will be judged on these criteria:

  1. Application of scientific content
  2. Creativity/Innovation
  3. Presentation quality

Judging: There are 2 levels of judging:

  1. Each school will judge the projects and select 1 winning team to compete at the state level.
  2. At the state level competition, scientists and science educators from the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network will judge the Nano Innovation presentations select 3 winning teams at the middle and high school levels. The state competition is limited to the first 25 schools to register.

Teachers must register your school.

Submissions due April 1, 2021

PRIZES: Teams will win prizes that include Amazon gift cards:

  • 1st place $100
  • 2nd place $50
  • 3rd place $25.

The 1st place winners also will earn an hour of scanning electron microscope time to conduct a class investigation. Teachers of winning teams will receive a $50 gift card.