STEM

NOVA/STEM

The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The aims of the NOVA awards are to encourage 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related activities.

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Keys to Implementing STEM Activities into Your Unit

The NOVA awards complement the traditional Scout program and provides another avenue for exploration, leadership development and fun. For many youth, the allure of science and technology is overwhelming and used properly the NOVA awards and  STEM activities can be a powerful recruiting tool. When introducing a STEM activity make it fun. The STEM activities is not designed to supplement traditional schooling, rather to spark the imagination and natural curiosity of youth utilizing the aims and values of the Scouting program. Second, incorporate it into your traditional program. It is simple to add a STEM element to Scouting activities which complements the “what” of the activity with the “how and why” it works. For example, the Pinewood Derby event at the Cub Scout level is all about science and engineering. Start with a group session to introduce the topic to your pack, troop or crew. The project should have a physical element. Most important is to review the information in websites of both the BSA and the Tuscarora Council. Everything a unit needs to start a STEM initiative is located on the website including the Nova awards guidebooks or you can purchase the guidebooks at the Tuscarora Scout Shop to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be.
 

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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.

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What 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."

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Cub Scout Nova Awards

Discipline       
Award Name               
Link
Science
Science Everywhere
download
Technology
Tech Talk
download
Engineering
Swing
download
Math
1-2-3 Go!
download

Super Nova Awards

Rank
Award Name                         
Link
Wolf and Bear
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Award
download
Webelos

Dr. Charles H. Townes Award

download

Helpful Links:

Cub Scout Nova Award Pamphlet

Boy Scout/Varsity Nova Awards

Discipline       
Award Name                
Link
Science
Shoot!
download
Technology
Start Your Engines
download
Engineering
Whoosh!
download
Math
Designed to Crunch
download

Super Nova Awards

Award Name
Link
Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award
download
Thomas Edison Supernova Award
download

Helpful Links:

Boy Scout Nova Award Pamphlet

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