Have 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.
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.
- Down and Dirty – This module is designed to help boys explore how earth science affects their lives.
- Nova WILD! – Learn about wildlife and the natural world.
- Out of This World – Boys discover all about space exploration.
- 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. 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.
Have any of you heard of this program before? Are you implementing it in your pack?
Yours in Scouting,
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