Cub Scouts: Nova STEM Program

Cub Scouts Nova Stem ProgramHave you heard about the Cub Scouts Nova awards and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program?  It is a BSA initiative to encourage boys’ curiosity about these fields.

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 PinThe NOVA awards can be earned by working with your parent or adult leader.  There are four modules for Cub Scouts and Webelos.

  1. Science Everywhere – This sections helps boys discover how science impacts our every day life.
  2. Down and Dirty – This module is designed to help boys explore how earth science affects their lives.
  3. Nova WILD! – Learn about wildlife and the natural world.
  4. Out of This World – Boys discover all about space exploration.
  5. Tech Talk – Boys learn how far-reaching technology is.
  6. Swing – Swing explores engineering and simple machines such as levers.
  7. 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.  To learn more about the Nova counselor and Supernova mentor roles, you can review this presentation.  Check with your local council on how to become a mentor.

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

Have any of you heard of this program before?  Are you implementing it in your pack?

Yours in Scouting,

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5 thoughts on “Cub Scouts: Nova STEM Program

  1. Dara

    We excited about the program and we are gearing up, beginning the process of working on the NOVA patch for our Wolf Den. My concern is with the change and elimination of the current Academics and Spots Belt Loops & Pins; How is that going to effect my Cubs working on their badge(s) past July 1, 2015? I am hoping that we will complete all four NOVA requirements before then, but the Super NOVA requires a lot of work and my Cubs may not complete it until mid 2016. Will they be making an exception for Scouts, who have already started working with their registered mentor before the date change?
    Thank you for your wonderful site, you have some great advice and direction for Leaders.

    1. Sherry Post author

      Thanks for your kind words! BSA will be working on the NOVA program soon (if they haven’t already started), but they needed to finalize the new Cub Scout adventures before they started working on the NOVA requirements. I suspect there will be some sort of transition plan, but they aren’t far enough along in the process for that part yet.

      I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.

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  3. ST

    Our district has had a STEM day where all the scouts from cubs to Boy Scouts can have a fun day and go away having earned a nova or very close to.
    Our pack did one last spring that was a hit. The boys really liked the big impressive patch as well.


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