Thomas Edison Silver Supernova Award

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Thomas Edison Silver Supernova Award

This award is a medallion, worn around the neck.
Created:2013
Level:Boy Scout

The BSA's STEM/NOVA Awards program is designed to introduce and encourage further study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. A Scout may earn all four Nova awards.

If you thrive on challenge, then earning the Supernova award will be right up your alley. To be eligible, you must be a First Class Scout or higher. As a prerequisite, you must first earn any three of the four Nova awards for Boy Scouts. With your parent’s and unit leader’s help, you must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).


Thomas Edison Silver Supernova Award requirements

Merit badges approved for use in earning the Boy Scout Supernova awards:
Animal ScienceEnergyNuclear Science
ArchaeologyEngineeringOceanography
ArchitectureEnvironmental SciencePlant Science
AstronomyFarm MechanicsPulp and Paper
Automotive MaintenanceFish and Wildlife ManagementRadio
AviationForestryReptile and Amphibian Study
Bird StudyGardeningRobotics
ChemistryGeocachingScuba Diving
Composite MaterialsGeologySoil and Water Conservation
ComputersInsect StudySpace Exploration
DentistryInventingSurveying
DraftingMammal StudyVeterinary Medicine
ElectricityMedicineWeather
ElectronicsNatureWelding
  1. Earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award.
  2. Complete ONE additional Boy Scout Nova award for a total of four. (Note: This may be done at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)
  3. Earn FOUR additional Supernova-approved merit badges from the list provided, other than the four earned while working on the Harris Supernova Award for a total of eight. (Note: These may be earned at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)
  4. Complete TWO additional Supernova activity topics, one each in two different STEM areas NOT completed for the Harris Supernova Award. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Edison Supernova Award the Scout will have completed one Supernova activity topic in each of the four STEM areas.)
  5. Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR any other equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop approved by your mentor. An example of this would be an X-Prize type competition. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Edison Supernova Award, the Scout will have participated in two such events.)
  6. Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova award or other STEM-related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting. Be sure to receive approval from the appropriate unit leader. If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another youth group, such as your troop or at your place of worship. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Edison Supernova Award the Scout will have completed two such presentations.)
  7. Research a scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical breakthrough or invention of the past 100 years that has affected our society in a meaningful way and present your hypothesis on how it might further affect our society during your lifetime. Present either a 30-minute oral report or a 1,500-word written report to your mentor.
  8. Submit a Supernova Award Application to the district or council Nova or advancement committee for approval.

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