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Tech Talk – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Technology)

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 technology Nova award for Cub Scouts is called Tech Talk:

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

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

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 (Technology)

Tech Talk Nova Award

  1.  Look up a definition of the word “technology” and discuss the meaning with your counselor.
  2. Discuss EACH of the following with your counselor.
    1. How technology is used in EACH of the following fields:
      1. Communication
      2. Business
      3. Construction
      4. Sports
      5. Entertainment
    2. Tell why technology is important.
  3. 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 technology. 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 technology. 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 technology. 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.
  4. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)
  5.  What technology is used in your belt loop or pin?
    1. Discuss with your counselor how you think this technology:
      1. Was invented
      2. Could be made better
    2. Discuss your ideas about technology with your counselor.
  6. Visit a place where technology is being designed, used, or explained, such as one of the following: an amusement park, a police or fire station, a radio or television station, a newspaper office, a factory or store, or any other location where technology is being designed, used, or explained.
    1.  During your visit, talk to someone in charge about the following:
      1.  The technologies used where you are visiting
      2.  Why the organization is using these technologies
    2. Discuss with your counselor the technology that is designed, used, or explained at the place you visited.
  7.  Discuss with your counselor how technology affects your everyday life.

5 Responses to Tech Talk – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Technology)

  1. Rachel Hintz May 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM #

    New Cub Scout STEM awards are coming! They will probably be on-line this summer! Think – Space, Plants, Wildlife, Conservation and more! Let’s get our young men excited about STEM!

  2. Lisa Chappa May 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

    We are planning a STEM summer camp with the NOVA awards. I can’t wait!

  3. Cathy Oury June 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM #

    Lisa, where/when is your summer camp going to be held? Will it be open to boys outside of your pack?

  4. Matt July 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM #

    For the Webelos Nova awards are there only the 4 (science, tech, engine, math). Someone posted there are new ones but I cant find them any where just those

  5. Jamie Dunn August 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM #

    There were supposed to be additional “nature” based options posted last winter. However, I suspect that the release has been delayed to rewrite the requirements to match the new Cub Scout advancement scheme.

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