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[[Image:Nova pi pin.png|thumb|left|90px|STEM/Nova Award <big>''&Pi;''</big> (pi) pin]]
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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. The '''Supernova awards''' are designed to inspire further study. It is recommended that Cub Scouts complete at least two Nova awards before starting the requirements for the Supernova award.
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Scouts may complete any Nova award with a [[parent]] or [[unit leader]]’s guidance. However, [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/stem/pdf/514-017_WB.pdf Supernova Awards mentors] ''must'' be approved by the local council. (Note: Tiger Cubs are '''not''' eligible to participate in the STEM/Nova Awards program.)
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=Awards=
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Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch upon completion of their first award. For each additional award earned they are recognized with a separate ''pi'' (<big>&pi;</big>) device that attaches to the patch. The patch and devices represent each of the four S.T.E.M. topics &mdash; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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Scouts earning the Supernova award are recognized with a medal and certificate.
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If you thrive on challenge, then earning the Boy Scout 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).
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The Venturer Supernova awards recognize superior achievement by a Venturer in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.
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====Supernova Activity Topics====
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Each STEM field—science, technology, engineering, mathematics—offers a choice of three Supernova activity topics. These are two-part, hands-on, high-level activities created to challenge you and help you continue along your STEM journey to excellence. Part 1 involves research, preparation, set up, coordination, and/or organization. Part 2 includes elements such as analysis, reflection, experimentation, design, or invention, and culminates in a report created by you.
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'''Report Format Options'''
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No matter what STEM activity you choose, you will need to create a report. Reports are a regular part of the work of professionals in STEM fields, so this will be good preparation for future career demands. Notice it doesn’t say write a report. You are not restricted to just writing a report, although you may choose to do so if you like. Any report will probably involve some writing, but the report itself may be created and presented in any number of ways. Use your imagination!
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You may choose from any format below for your report, or you may create a combination of formats. You may create something entirely new as long as your Supernova mentor approves. The objective is for you to communicate to others in a way that helps them understand what you have learned and how you learned it.
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*Oral report
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*Written report
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*Poster presentation
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*Virtual poster (See www.Glogster.com for ideas.)
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*Video production
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*Multifaceted format
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*Any format of your own design, with your mentor’s advance approval
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The report must provide sufficient detail so that someone unfamiliar with the topic can understand the content. For each format, you can incorporate a variety of ways to present your information and to use technology to create a polished presentation. For example, an oral report might include a PowerPoint presentation, or a poster presentation might include a slide show. Be creative.
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'''A Note About Resources'''
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The books and websites provided for each superactivity topic are presented as optional resources and are merely suggestions. In most cases, they are not crucial to the corresponding activities. The Boy Scouts of America makes no guarantee that they will be available in local public libraries, from booksellers, or online.
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The resources represent examples of the types you might use to support your work on a particular activity. You may very well find alternative and/or additional resources that serve you as well or better than those presented here.
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=Resources=
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx Online Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor training]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/stem/pdf/514-017_WB.pdf Supernova Mentor application]
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*Volume = Length × Width × Height
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*Other Scouting resources
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*Greater St. Louis Area Council: [http://www.stlbsa.org/programs/stem/Pages/STEM.aspx http://www.stlbsa.org/programs/stem/Pages/STEM.aspx]
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*Northeastern Pennsylvania Council: [http://www.nepabsa.org/advancement/stem-nova http://www.nepabsa.org/advancement/stem-nova]
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*Baltimore Area Council: [http://www.baltimorebsa.org/stem/47522 http://www.baltimorebsa.org/stem/47522]
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*Patriots’ Path Council (summer/day camp): [http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/wheeler/stem.htm http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/wheeler/stem.htm] and [http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/somers/Backwoods_Engineering_Camp.htm http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camps/somers/Backwoods_Engineering_Camp.htm]
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*Boy Scouts of America: [http://www.scouting.org/stem.aspx http://www.scouting.org/stem.aspx]
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*US Scouting Service Project: [http://usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/nova/index.asp http://usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/nova/index.asp]
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*Television Programs and Videos
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**[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova PBS ("NOVA")]
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**[http://pbskids.org PBS Kids]
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**[http://dsc.discovery.com Discovery Channel]
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**[http://kids.discovery.com Discovery Kids]
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**[http://science.discovery.com Science Channel]
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**[http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel National Geographic Channel]
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**[http://www.ted.com/talks TED Talks (online videos)]
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**[http://www.history.com History Channel]
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**[http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels History Channel "Modern Marvels"]
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*Magazines
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**[http://http://discovermagazine.com/ Discover Magazine]
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**[http://www.popularmechanics.com/ Popular Mechanics Magazine]
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**[http://www.popsci.com/ Popular Science Magazine]
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**[http://www.scienceillustrated.com/ Science Illustrated Magazine]
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**[http://www.airspacemag.com/ Air & Space Magazine]
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**[http://www.popastro.com/popularastronomy/index.php Popular Astronomy Magazine]
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**[http://www.highlights.com Highlights for Kids Magazine]
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**[http://www.astronomy.com/ Astronomy Magazine]
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**[http://www.sciencenews.org/ Science News]
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**[http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/ Science News for Kids]
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**[http://www.skyandtelescope.com/ Sky & Telescope Magazine]
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**[http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/ Natural History Magazine]
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**[http://find.botmag.com/ Robot Magazine]
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**[http://www.servomagazine.com/ Servo Magazine]
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**[http://www.nutsvolts.com/ Nuts and Volts Magazine]
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**[http://www.scientificamerican.com/ Scientific American Magazine]
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**[http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ National Geographic Magazine]
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**[http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids National Geographic Kids]
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**[http://www.kidsdiscover.com/ Kids Discover]
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**[http://www.owlkids.com OWL Kids]
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**[http://www.odysseymagazine.com Odyssey Magazine]
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*Government Websites
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**[http://www.nasa.gov/ NASA]
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**[http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ NASA's Space Place]
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**[http://www.eia.gov/kids/ Energy Kids (US Dept of Energy)]
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**[http://education.usgs.gov/ USGS Education]
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**[http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/ Earthquakes for Kids]
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**[http://www.epa.gov/students/index.html EPA for Students]
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*Other Websites
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**[http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2 BBC Bitesize Science and Math for ages 8-11]
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**[http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize BBC Bitesize Science and Math for ages 11-14]
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**[http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Horsepower How to Calculate Your Horsepower]
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**[http://www.constructionknowledge.net/general_technical_knowledge/general_tech_basic_six_simple_machines.php Six Simple Machines]
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**[http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/projectile-motion Projectile Motion]
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**[http://www.enchantedlearning.com/physics/machines/Levers.shtml Types of Levers]
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=References=
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* [http://scouting.org/stem.aspx BSA's STEM/Nova Awards program] &mdash; at Scouting.org &bull; <small>''(Last accessed: July 25, 2012)''</small>
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