Nova and Supernova STEM Awards
The 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 is a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.
As of January 1, 2014, the process for receiving the Supernova Award Medal will be changing. Upon completion and approval of the award, the scout will be given a certificate which can be used to purchase the medal from a scout shop. An advancement report should be submitted along with the certificate at the time of purchase at the scout shop
Cub Scout Nova Awards:
Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
Forms for tracking progress (optional): Belt Loops, Science, Technology, Engineering,Math
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
The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to the BSA Hornaday Award Program and is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The basic requirements include earning certain Academic Pins for Cub Scouts, Activity Badges for Webelos and Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, plus complete additional, more rigorous STEM related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities. The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck ribbons.
All forms should be submitted to your district STEM coordinator.
Any Scouter or parent can help be a counselor for the NOVA awards. No STEM experience is necessary. Counselors will need to fill out this form and a BSA adult application form. For the SUPERNOVA (on all program levels), Mentors must be approved by District STEM Chairman. Mentors should not be a parent or a Scout leader from the unit but an expert in a STEM related field (i.e., Scientists, Engineer, Technologists, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, etc.). Only if a Mentor is willing to work with two or more Scouts on the SUPERNOVA at the same time will the exception of a parent with a STEM background be allowed. Prospective SUPERNOVA mentors must submit a mentor application form, BSA adult application form [English][Spanish],and proof of youth protection training to the district advancement chairman or district STEM chairman. Visit BSA's STEM support webpage.
Once any of the awards are earned by Scouts, an advancement form can be filled out and submitted to the Scout Shop. The Advancement department will keep a record of the Scout's achievement on these awards.
Scouts working on the Supernova medals should submit the appropriate Supernova worksheet listed below along with the Supernova award application to the district STEM chairman or district executive.