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STEM— (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Initiative

STEM/Nova Cool Videos from BSA! Check them out!

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STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

We at the Dan Beard Council are committed to leveraging the NOVA program to help engage and excite our scouts about STEM. If you are interested in participating or being a part of this committee please send us and email. Below is a lot of great material for those getting started in STEM and be sure to look for more to come as we deploy and grow our NOVA program.

Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors –With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older and is registered under the NOVA Counselor position code 58 using the regular leader application.  Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. These are nonunit positions and requires no fee. In addition to the standard BSA Adult Registration form and Youth Protection Training, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  These documents should be turned in together to the Scout Achievement Center, Attn: Lisa Jones. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support.


Why STEM? – We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

NovaNovaWhat Are the Nova Awards? – The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit the links below. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”

About the STEM/NOVA Program

NOVA Award Tracking Tools
Here are some helpful tracking forms to help counselors with the Nova Award.

CUB SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

BOY SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

VENTURING NOVA TRACKING FORMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova online programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.   PBS Nova Online Programs


NEW STEM AWARDS – NOVA AND SUPERNOVA – NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The NOVA and SUPERNOVA award programs are now available and can be downloaded through the links below.

SupernovaPIThe NOVA  Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!   /   
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch    /   
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie   /  

Nova

The SUPERNOVA Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award / Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award / Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award / Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

SUPERNOVA Award Tracking Forms

 

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Download the Cub Scout NOVA booklet 34032_CSNova.pdf
Download the Boy Scout NOVA booklet 34033_BSNova.pdf
Download the Venturing NOVA booklet 34031_Venturer.pdf


Computer Belt LoopCUB SCOUT STEM RELATED AWARDS
Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins, with STEM related requirements: AstronomyComputersFishingGeologyHorseback RidingMathematics,PhotographyScienceWeather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Webelos Scout Activity Badges with STEM related requirements:CommunicatorEngineerForesterGeologistNaturalist, and Scientist.


ChemistryBOY SCOUT STEM RELATED MERIT BADGES
The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal ScienceAstronomyBird StudyChemistryComputersDraftingElectricity,ElectronicsEnergyEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeologyInsect Study,InventingMammal StudyMedicineModel design and BuildingNatureNuclear Science,OceanographyPersonal ManagementPhotographyPlant ScienceReptile and Amphibian StudyRoboticsSoil and Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSurveyingVeterinary Medicine, andWeather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.

 

Stem Nova

STEM— (Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics) Initiative

STEM/Nova Cool Videos from BSA! Check them out!

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

We at the Dan Beard Council are committed to leveraging the NOVA program to help engage and excite our scouts about STEM.  New in 2015 we will be formally establishing our STEM committee with Michael Williamson as our STEM Chairman and Ken Brunner as our Council STEM Executive.  If you are interested in participating or being a part of this committee please send us and email. Below is a lot of great material for those getting started in STEM and be sure to look for more to come as we deploy and grow our NOVA program.

The STEM Committee is holding their first quarterly meeting at the Scout Achievement Center on February 19, 2015@ 7:30 pm. The committee will be going over the plan for 2015 including the operating principals, objectives for the year, and looking at the events to follow on the success of the first annual deSTEMberevent.  If you are interested in particpatingor helping with the committee feel free to attend or send an email to Michael Williamson.

Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors –With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comesa fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older and is registered under the NOVA Counselor position code 58 using the regular leader application.  Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. These are nonunitpositions and requires no fee. In addition to the standard BSA Adult Registration form and Youth Protection Training, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  These documents should be turned in together to the Scout Achievement Center, Attn: Lisa Jones. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support.


Why STEM? – We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

NovaNovaWhat Are the Nova Awards? – The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit the links below. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”

About the STEM/NOVA Program

NOVA Award Tracking Tools
Here are some helpful tracking forms to help counselors with the Nova Award.

CUB SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

BOY SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

VENTURING NOVA TRACKING FORMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova online programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.   PBS Nova Online Programs


NEW STEM AWARDS – NOVA AND SUPERNOVA – NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The NOVA and SUPERNOVA award programs are now available and can be downloaded through the links below.

SupernovaPIThe NOVA  Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!   /   
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch    /   
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie   /  

Nova

The SUPERNOVA Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award / Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award / Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award / Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

REQUEST A SUPER NOVA MENTOR

SUPERNOVA Award Tracking Forms

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Download the Cub Scout NOVA booklet 34032_CSNova.pdf
Download the Boy Scout NOVA booklet 34033_BSNova.pdf
Download the Venturing NOVA booklet 34031_Venturer.pdf


Computer Belt LoopCUB SCOUT STEM RELATED AWARDS
Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins, with STEM related requirements: AstronomyComputersFishingGeologyHorseback RidingMathematics,PhotographyScienceWeather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Webelos Scout Activity Badges with STEM related requirements:CommunicatorEngineerForesterGeologistNaturalist, and Scientist.


ChemistryBOY SCOUT STEM RELATED MERIT BADGES
The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal ScienceAstronomyBird StudyChemistryComputersDraftingElectricity,ElectronicsEnergyEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeologyInsect Study,InventingMammal StudyMedicineModel designand BuildingNatureNuclear Science,OceanographyPersonalManagementPhotographyPlant ScienceReptile and Amphibian StudyRoboticsSoil and Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSurveyingVeterinary Medicine, andWeather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.

Stem Nova

STEM— (Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics) Initiative

STEM/Nova Cool Videos from BSA! Check them out!

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

We at the Dan Beard Council are committed to leveraging the NOVA program to help engage and excite our scouts about STEM.  New in 2015 we will be formally establishing our STEM committee with Michael Williamson as our STEM Chairman and Ken Brunner as our Council STEM Executive.  If you are interested in participating or being a part of this committee please send us and email. Below is a lot of great material for those getting started in STEM and be sure to look for more to come as we deploy and grow our NOVA program.

The STEM Committee is holding their first quarterly meeting at the Scout Achievement Center on February 19, 2015@ 7:30 pm. The committee will be going over the plan for 2015 including the operating principals, objectives for the year, and looking at the events to follow on the success of the first annual deSTEMberevent.  If you are interested in particpatingor helping with the committee feel free to attend or send an email to Michael Williamson.

Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors –With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comesa fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older and is registered under the NOVA Counselor position code 58 using the regular leader application.  Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. These are nonunitpositions and requires no fee. In addition to the standard BSA Adult Registration form and Youth Protection Training, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  These documents should be turned in together to the Scout Achievement Center, Attn: Lisa Jones. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support.


Why STEM? – We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

NovaNovaWhat Are the Nova Awards? – The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit the links below. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”

About the STEM/NOVA Program

NOVA Award Tracking Tools
Here are some helpful tracking forms to help counselors with the Nova Award.

CUB SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

BOY SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

VENTURING NOVA TRACKING FORMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova online programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.   PBS Nova Online Programs


NEW STEM AWARDS – NOVA AND SUPERNOVA – NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The NOVA and SUPERNOVA award programs are now available and can be downloaded through the links below.

SupernovaPIThe NOVA  Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!   /   
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch    /   
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie   /  

Nova

The SUPERNOVA Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award / Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award / Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award / Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

REQUEST A SUPER NOVA MENTOR

SUPERNOVA Award Tracking Forms

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Download the Cub Scout NOVA booklet 34032_CSNova.pdf
Download the Boy Scout NOVA booklet 34033_BSNova.pdf
Download the Venturing NOVA booklet 34031_Venturer.pdf


Computer Belt LoopCUB SCOUT STEM RELATED AWARDS
Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins, with STEM related requirements: AstronomyComputersFishingGeologyHorseback RidingMathematics,PhotographyScienceWeather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Webelos Scout Activity Badges with STEM related requirements:CommunicatorEngineerForesterGeologistNaturalist, and Scientist.


ChemistryBOY SCOUT STEM RELATED MERIT BADGES
The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal ScienceAstronomyBird StudyChemistryComputersDraftingElectricity,ElectronicsEnergyEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeologyInsect Study,InventingMammal StudyMedicineModel designand BuildingNatureNuclear Science,OceanographyPersonalManagementPhotographyPlant ScienceReptile and Amphibian StudyRoboticsSoil and Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSurveyingVeterinary Medicine, andWeather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.

Stem Nova

STEM— (Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics) Initiative

STEM/Nova Cool Videos from BSA! Check them out!

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

We at the Dan Beard Council are committed to leveraging the NOVA program to help engage and excite our scouts about STEM.  New in 2015 we will be formally establishing our STEM committee with Michael Williamson as our STEM Chairman and Ken Brunner as our Council STEM Executive.  If you are interested in participating or being a part of this committee please send us and email. Below is a lot of great material for those getting started in STEM and be sure to look for more to come as we deploy and grow our NOVA program.

The STEM Committee is holding their first quarterly meeting at the Scout Achievement Center on February 19, 2015@ 7:30 pm. The committee will be going over the plan for 2015 including the operating principals, objectives for the year, and looking at the events to follow on the success of the first annual deSTEMberevent.  If you are interested in particpatingor helping with the committee feel free to attend or send an email to Michael Williamson.

Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors –With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comesa fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older and is registered under the NOVA Counselor position code 58 using the regular leader application.  Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. These are nonunitpositions and requires no fee. In addition to the standard BSA Adult Registration form and Youth Protection Training, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  These documents should be turned in together to the Scout Achievement Center, Attn: Lisa Jones. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support.


Why STEM? – We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edgeof scientific discovery and technological innovation. Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

NovaNovaWhat Are the Nova Awards? – The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit the links below. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”

About the STEM/NOVA Program

NOVA Award Tracking Tools
Here are some helpful tracking forms to help counselors with the Nova Award.

CUB SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

BOY SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

VENTURING NOVA TRACKING FORMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova online programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.   PBS Nova Online Programs


NEW STEM AWARDS – NOVA AND SUPERNOVA – NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The NOVA and SUPERNOVA award programs are now available and can be downloaded through the links below.

SupernovaPIThe NOVA  Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!   /   
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch    /   
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie   /  

Nova

The SUPERNOVA Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award / Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award / Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award / Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

REQUEST A SUPER NOVA MENTOR

SUPERNOVA Award Tracking Forms

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Download the Cub Scout NOVA booklet 34032_CSNova.pdf
Download the Boy Scout NOVA booklet 34033_BSNova.pdf
Download the Venturing NOVA booklet 34031_Venturer.pdf


Computer Belt LoopCUB SCOUT STEM RELATED AWARDS
Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins, with STEM related requirements: AstronomyComputersFishingGeologyHorseback RidingMathematics,PhotographyScienceWeather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Webelos Scout Activity Badges with STEM related requirements:CommunicatorEngineerForesterGeologistNaturalist, and Scientist.


ChemistryBOY SCOUT STEM RELATED MERIT BADGES
The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal ScienceAstronomyBird StudyChemistryComputersDraftingElectricity,ElectronicsEnergyEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeologyInsect Study,InventingMammal StudyMedicineModel designand BuildingNatureNuclear Science,OceanographyPersonalManagementPhotographyPlant ScienceReptile and Amphibian StudyRoboticsSoil and Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSurveyingVeterinary Medicine, andWeather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.

Stem Nova

STEM— (Science, Technology, Engineeringand Mathematics) Initiative

STEM/Nova Cool Videos from BSA! Check them out!

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

We at the Dan Beard Council are committed to leveraging the NOVA program to help engage and excite our scouts about STEM.  New in 2015 we will be formally establishing our STEM committee with Michael Williamson as our STEM Chairman and Ken Brunner as our Council STEM Executive.  If you are interested in participating or being a part of this committee please send us and email. Below is a lot of great material for those getting started in STEM and be sure to look for more to come as we deploy and grow our NOVA program.

The STEM Committee is holding their first quarterly meeting at the Scout Achievement Center on February 19, 2015@ 7:30 pm. The committee will be going over the plan for 2015 including the operating principals, objectives for the year, and looking at the events to follow on the success of the first annual deSTEMberevent.  If you are interested in particpatingor helping with the committee feel free to attend or send an email to Michael Williamson.

Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors –With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comesa fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older and is registered under the NOVA Counselor position code 58 using the regular leader application.  Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. These are nonunitpositions and requires no fee. In addition to the standard BSA Adult Registration form and Youth Protection Training, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  These documents should be turned in together to the Scout Achievement Center, Attn: Lisa Jones. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support.


Why STEM? – We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineeringand mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

NovaNovaWhat Are the Nova Awards? – The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit the links below. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”

About the STEM/NOVA Program

NOVA Award Tracking Tools
Here are some helpful tracking forms to help counselors with the Nova Award.

CUB SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

BOY SCOUT NOVA TRACKING FORMS

VENTURING NOVA TRACKING FORMS

Attached is a list of PBS Nova online programs that apply to Shoot!, Start Your Engines! and Designed to Crunch.  You can click on the title to take you to the web page.   PBS Nova Online Programs


NEW STEM AWARDS – NOVA AND SUPERNOVA – NOW AVAILABLE!!!
The NOVA and SUPERNOVA award programs are now available and can be downloaded through the links below.

SupernovaPIThe NOVA  Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts,  Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!   /   
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch    /   
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie   /  

Nova

The SUPERNOVA Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award / Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award / Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award / Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

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SUPERNOVA Award Tracking Forms

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Download the Cub Scout NOVA booklet 34032_CSNova.pdf
Download the Boy Scout NOVA booklet 34033_BSNova.pdf
Download the Venturing NOVA booklet 34031_Venturer.pdf


Computer Belt LoopCUB SCOUT STEM RELATED AWARDS
Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins, with STEM related requirements: AstronomyComputersFishingGeologyHorseback RidingMathematics,PhotographyScienceWeather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Webelos Scout Activity Badges with STEM related requirements:CommunicatorEngineerForesterGeologistNaturalist, and Scientist.


ChemistryBOY SCOUT STEM RELATED MERIT BADGES
The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal ScienceAstronomyBird StudyChemistryComputersDraftingElectricity,ElectronicsEnergyEngineeringEnvironmental ScienceForestryGeologyInsect Study,InventingMammal StudyMedicineModel designand BuildingNatureNuclear Science,OceanographyPersonalManagementPhotographyPlant ScienceReptile and Amphibian StudyRoboticsSoil and Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSurveyingVeterinary Medicine, andWeather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.