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STEM Award for Scouts

posted Nov 21, 2014, 9:04 PM by Webmaster Pack30   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 1:20 PM ]
Pack 30 meets at the Waukesha STEM Academy, and at one time was chartered by the school.  A lot of the boy's education is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, which makes working toward the Boy Scouts NOVA and SuperNOVA awards a natural fit with our scout's academic program.

Details of the program can be found on the About the Nova Awards Program page at The excerpt from that page, below, shows some of the details of the program.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM - science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

For the first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi pin-on device that attaches to the patch.

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, the Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award is earned. For Webelos Scouts, it is the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.

Although you can start working toward your Supernova award at any time, it is best to start after a scout has earned at least two Nova awards.

If you are interested in working on this program, please see Mr. Wagner as he is a trained Mentor for the Supernova Awards program.

Note: The Nova and Supernova awards requirements will most likely change next year with the many program updates that will be released. The updated requirements will be available before the start of the next school year. Most likely, any work that you begin this year, will carry forward toward your efforts next year.