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Science Everywhere Nova Award – STEM Science for Cub Scouts

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Today’s students will need to become proficient in these areas in order to excel in our changing world. The NOVA award program is part of the BSA’s STEM Initiative. It encourages youth to engage in STEM activities and provides a way for them to be recognized for their efforts.

There is an award for each discipline at each level of Scouting. The science Nova award for Cub Scouts is called Science Everywhere:

This module is designed to help you explore how science affects your life each day.

It provides an age appropriate program to get Cub Scouts interested in science.

The requirements are listed below to give you an idea what is involved, but I encourage you to pick up the Nova award booklet at your local Scout shop. It will have additional ideas and comments. While you are there, ask about what other STEM resources are available in your council.

STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Science)

Science Everywhere Nova Award

    1. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.
      1. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to science. Then do the following:
        1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
        2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
      2. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
        1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
        2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
      3. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
        1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
        2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    2. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)
      1. Astronomy
      2. Nutrition
      3. Collecting
      4. Pet Care
      5. Geography
      6. Photography
      7. Geology
      8. Science
      9. Map and Compass
      10. Weather
      11. Mathematics
      12. Wildlife Conservation
    3. Act like a scientist! Do EACH of the following:
      1. With your counselor, choose a question you would like to investigate.
        • Here are some examples only (you may get other ideas from your belt loop or pin activities):
          • Why do rockets have fins? Is there any connection between the feathers on arrows and fins on rockets?
          • Why do some cars have spoilers? How do spoilers work?
          • If there is a creek or stream in your neighborhood, where does it go? Does your stream flow to the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean?
          • Is the creek or stream in your neighborhood or park polluted?
          • What other activity can you think of that involves some kind of scientific questions or investigation?
      2. With a parent or your counselor, use the scientific method/process to investigate your question. Keep records of your question, the information you found, how you investigated, and what you found out about your question. You may do this with another Cub Scout if you would like, but you need to do and record your own work.
      3. Discuss your investigation and findings with your counselor.
    4. Visit a place where science is being done, used, or explained, such as one of the following: zoo, aquarium, water treatment plant, observatory, science museum, weather station, fish hatchery, or any other location where science is being done, used, or explained.
      1. During your visit, talk to someone in charge about science.
      2. Discuss with your counselor the science done, used, or explained at the place you visited.
    5. Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life.

One Response to Science Everywhere Nova Award – STEM Science for Cub Scouts

  1. Sandy Wood February 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

    I had 3 boys complete the Webelos Super Nova award. They worked hard but it was worth it. I heard there have only been 500 Scouts of all ages to earn the award nationally. We had a great councilor and the boys met once a month at our round table to work as a group and then did the rest in their dens or at home with parents. Great new opportunity!

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