Those of you who read Scouting Mag regularly, you'll probably remember an article a few months ago interviewing a high-level science type, Dr. Bernard Harris, about STEM initiatives in the BSA. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). This is the new NOVA Award Program, there are levels for Cubs, Boyscouts, and Venturers. What follows is a brief summary of the Boy Scout NOVA Awards and some of the requirements. There is also the 'Supernova' sub-awards. think of them like STEM Hornadays.
-available to all boy scouts, optional.
-Four Nova Awards: one each for S, T, E, and M.
-each scout can earn all four
-completion of any earns the Patch
-completion of additional Novas recognized by Pi (3.14) device pin
-builds on stem-related merit badges
-involves hands on activitties, often a field trip.
The 4 nova awards are:
-Start Your Engines (Tech)
-Designed to Crunch (Math)
Each award has it own requirements, but they are similar in style. all have 3 hours of science program viewing or reading, one additional merit badge from a set list, and a few other ones specific to that Nova.
-two levels for each of CS, BS and VT
-Available to those First Class and above
-requires a 'mentor' person
-earning 3/4 of Nova awards a prerequisite
- named after influential scientists
-reqs like 'earn 4 of these approved MB's'
- complete 'supernova activity topics'
- higher level award require a lot of time and work.
supernova activity topics:
-two-part, hands-on, high-level activities
-part 1 is research, preparation, set-up,coordination, organization.
-part 2 is analysis, reflection, experimentation,, design, invention.
-culminates in a report created by scout
-different options for report such as: oral, written, video, (any other with mentor approval)
-divided up into the four STEM areas with 3 activities each
-in the process of earning the higher supernova award, a scout will have earned 13 MB's, of which scholarship is specific.
-all counselors and mentors must have current YPT.
-no official requirements for counselors or mentors yet, but it suggests that mentors have 'successfully navigated a STEM career'
About the pamphlet:
- seperate publications for each of CS, BS and VT.
-pamphlet has section for counselors and mentors, with answers and explanation for the core Nova Award requirements.
-about the size of a Merit Badge Pamphlet
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