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Swing! – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Engineering)

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 engineering Nova award for Cub Scouts is called Swing:

This module is designed to help you explore how engineering and simple machines called levers affect your life each day.

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

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 (Swing!)

Swing Nova Award

  1. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.
    1. Watch an episode or episodes (about an hour total) of a show about anything related to motion or machines. 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 motion or machines. 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 motion or machines. 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. Badminton
    2. Baseball
    3. BB-gun Shooting
    4. Fishing
    5. Golf
    6. Hockey
    7. Mathematics
    8. Softball
    9. Table Tennis
    10. Tennis
    11. Ultimate
  3. Levers
    1.  Make a list or drawing of the three types of levers. (A lever is one kind of simple machine.)
    2.  Be able to tell your counselor:
      1.  The class of each lever
      2.  How each lever works
    3.  With your counselor, discuss:
      1. The type of lever that is involved with the motion for the belt loop or pin you chose for requirement 2
      2. What you learned about levers and motion from earning your belt loop or pin
      3. Why we use levers
  4. Do the following:
    1.  Visit a place that uses levers, such as a playground, carpentry shop, construction site, restaurant kitchen, or any other location that uses levers.
    2.  Discuss with your counselor the equipment or tools that use levers in the place you visited.
  5.  Do EACH of the following:
    1.  On your own, design, including a drawing, sketch, or model, ONE of the following:
      1.  A playground fixture that uses a lever
      2.  A game or sport that uses a lever
      3.  An invention that uses a lever
    2. Discuss with your counselor how the lever in your design will move something.
  6. 6. Discuss with your counselor how levers affect your everyday life.

One Response to Swing! – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Engineering)

  1. Joseph Barney March 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

    Great for my Grandson

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