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1-2-3 Go! – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Mathematics)

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. This Cub Scout award focuses on calculations and secret codes.

There is an award for each discipline at each level of Scouting. The mathematics Nova award for Cub Scouts is called 1-2-3 Go!:

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

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

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 (1-2-3 Go!)

1-2-3 Go! 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 that involves math or physics. 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 that involves math or physics. 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 that involves math or physics. 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 the Mathematics OR Computers pin
  3. Choose TWO options from A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements for those options. Keep your work to share with your counselor. The necessary information to make your calculations can be found in a book or on the Internet. You may work with a parent or your counselor on these calculations.
    1. Choose TWO of the following places and calculate how much you would weigh there.
      1. 1. On the sun or the moon
      2. 2. On Jupiter or Pluto
      3. 3. On a planet that you choose
    2. Choose ONE of the following and calculate its height:
      1.  A tree
      2.  Your house
      3.  A building of your choice
    3. Calculate the volume of air in your bedroom. Make sure your measurements have the same units—all feet or all inches—and show your work.
  4. Secret Codes
    1. Look up, then discuss with your counselor each of the following:
      1. Cryptography
      2. At least three ways secret codes or ciphers are made
      3. How secret codes and ciphers relate to mathematics
    2. Design a secret code or cipher. Then do the following:
      1. Write a message in your code or cipher.
      2. Share your code or cipher with your counselor.
  5. .Discuss with your counselor how math affects your everyday life.

One Response to 1-2-3 Go! – STEM Award for Cub Scouts (Mathematics)

  1. howarthe March 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM #

    I have all of this information already. I’m really looking for stories from other volunteers who have implemented something successfully.

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