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NOVA Awards Program Advancement
Award Overview:NOVA Awards
Cub Scout
NOVA's:Science EverywhereTech TalkSwing!1-2-3 Go!Down and DirtyNova WILD!Out of This World
Supernovas:Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award (Wolf/Bear only) • Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award (Webelos only)
Boy Scout
NOVA's:Shoot!Start Your Engines!Whoosh!Designed to Crunch
Supernovas:Dr. Bernard Harris Bronze Supernova AwardThomas Edison Silver Supernova Award
Venturing
NOVA's:Launch!Power UpHang On!Numbers Don't Lie
Supernovas:Dr. Sally Ride Bronze Supernova AwardWright Brothers Silver Supernova AwardDr. Albert Einstein Gold Supernova Award
Scouter:Dr. Paul A. Siple Bronze Supernova Award
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STEM/NOVA Award patch -- there are three versions, one with a blue border for Cub Scouts, one with a red border for Boy Scouts, and one with a green border for Venturing.
STEM/NOVA Award patch -- there are three versions, one with a blue border for Cub Scouts, one with a red border for Boy Scouts, and one with a green border for Venturing.

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STEM/NOVA Award Π (pi) pin
STEM/NOVA Award Π (pi) pin

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.

Scouts may complete any Nova award with a parent or unit leader’s guidance. However, Supernova Awards mentors must be approved by the local council. (Note: Tiger Cubs are not eligible to participate in the STEM/NOVA Awards program.)

Awards

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 (π) device that attaches to the patch. The patch and devices represent each of the four S.T.E.M. topics — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Scouts earning the Supernova award are recognized with a medal and certificate.

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).

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.

Supernova Activity Topics

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.

Report Format Options

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!

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.

  • Oral report
  • Written report
  • Poster presentation
  • Virtual poster (See www.Glogster.com for ideas.)
  • Video production
  • Multifaceted format
  • Any format of your own design, with your mentor’s advance approval

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.

A Note About Resources

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.

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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NOVA Awards Program Advancement
Award Overview:NOVA Awards
Cub Scout
NOVA's:Science EverywhereTech TalkSwing!1-2-3 Go!Down and DirtyNova WILD!Out of This World
Supernovas:Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award (Wolf/Bear only) • Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award (Webelos only)
Boy Scout
NOVA's:Shoot!Start Your Engines!Whoosh!Designed to Crunch
Supernovas:Dr. Bernard Harris Bronze Supernova AwardThomas Edison Silver Supernova Award
Venturing
NOVA's:Launch!Power UpHang On!Numbers Don't Lie
Supernovas:Dr. Sally Ride Bronze Supernova AwardWright Brothers Silver Supernova AwardDr. Albert Einstein Gold Supernova Award
Scouter:Dr. Paul A. Siple Bronze Supernova Award
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