Wednesday, March 1, 2017

STEM and Scouting

Have you heard about the Cub Scouts Nova awards and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program? It is a Boy Scouts of America initiative to encourage boys’ curiosity in these integral fields of the future.

As part of the Cub Scouts Nova STEM program, boys can earn two different awards. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them.

The NOVA Awards program has four Nova awards for Cub Scouts. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Boys may earn a patch for the first award and a pi pin for each of the remaining three awards.


NOVA Pi Pin The NOVA awards can be earned by working with your parent or adult leader.  

There are four modules for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

Science Everywhere – This sections helps boys discover how science impacts our every day life.

Tech Talk – Boys learn how far-reaching technology is.

Swing – Swing explores engineering and simple machines such as levers.

1-2-3 Go – Cub Scouts discover how and why math is such an integral part of our daily lives.

For a more intense study of STEM topics, Cub Scouts can work on the Supernova award

Unlike the Nova award where you as the parent can be the counselor, the Supernova award requires that boys work with a council-approved mentor. 

Do you work in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathmatical career and think you'd like to serve for our Unit as a Nova counselor for the youth seeking this award?  You simply need to complete an adult membership application. However, to be a Supernova mentor, you must complete THIS application as well. All Nova counselors and Supernova mentors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered. 

To learn more about the Nova counselor and Supernova mentor roles, you can review materials HERE

Our Bears and Wolves can earn the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award. Webelos earn the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award. (
Lions and Tigers aren’t eligible for these awards.)

FAQs on the STEM/NOVA experience can be found HERE.

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