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Launched: The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It's an opportunity for...

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Launched: Nation Science Foundation's Community College Innovation Challenge

The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is a prestigious, two-stage competition where community college teams use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, compete for cash awards, and earn full travel support (students and faculty) to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C.

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Launched: National Science Foundation's GenNano - Superheroes Inspired by Science Challenge

Watch comic legend, Stan Lee, endorse the challenge

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Community College Innovation Challenge names 2016 winners

The Forsyth Technical Community College team proposed a method to modernize greenhouses. Photo credit: NSF
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You're Invited to the Community College Innovation Challenge Finalists' Reception

For the second year, the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have challenged students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas receive professional coaching and cash prizes.

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Superhero Students Awarded in NSF's Generation Nano Challenge

Aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative launched the Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes challenge, inviting students to create unique superheroes with nanotechnology-enabled gear. Participants were asked to draw a comic or create a video and then write the details that explained their...

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