Cub Scout Nova Awards and Supernova Awards

Youth who earn the Cub Scout nova awards get a patch and pins.

Nova Awards are the BSA Awards focused on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Cub Scout Nova awards program provides age appropriate activities in these areas.

For their first Nova Award, Cub Scouts earn a patch. For each other Nova award, Cub Scouts receive a pi (π) pin-on device to wear on the patch.

Supernova Awards recognize Cub Scouts who go further in their STEM explorations.

These are the Cub Scout Nova awards and Supernova awards:

Fearful Symmetry Cub Scout Nova Award (Mathematics) Helps and Documents

Fearful Symmetry is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating the properties of symmetry. To earn this award, Scouts must complete one of their adventure related to patterns and symmetry. They explore how symmetry is found in art and nature.

Cub Scouts Can Code Nova Award (Computer Technology) Helps and Documents

Cub Scouts Can Code is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating computer technology. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as computers, algorithms, conditionals, and programming . They must also complete one of their adventures related to…

Nova WILD! Cub Scout Nova Award (Nature and Wildlife Science) Helps and Documents

Nova WILD! is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating nature and wildlife science. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as wildlife, endangered species, invasive species, food chains, biodiversity, ecosystems, and habitats . They must also complete…

Up and Away Cub Scout Nova Award (Engineering – Fluid Dynamics) Helps and Documents

Up and Away is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating how fluids such as liquids and gasses affect everyday life. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics related to fluid dynamics. They must design, construct, and race a…

Out of This World Cub Scout Nova Award (Space Exploration Science) Helps and Documents

Out of This World is the Cub Scout Nova Award for space exploration science. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as planets, space, space exploration, or astronomy. They must also complete one of their adventures related to…

Swing! Cub Scout Nova Award (Engineering) Helps and Documents

Swing! is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating engineering. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics related to machines, forces, and movement. They must also complete one of their adventures related to engineering or do a related investigation.

Science Everywhere Cub Scout Nova Award (Science) Helps and Documents

Science Everywhere is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating general science. To earn this award, Cub Scouts must complete one of their science related adventures, learn about the scientific method, and find out about career opportunities for scientists.

Down and Dirty Cub Scout Nova Award (Earth Science) Helps and Documents

Down and Dirty is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating earth science. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as weather, geology, volcanoes, or oceanography. They must also complete one of their adventures related to earth science…

Nova Awards Program (STEM Award)

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The NOVA Awards program combines knowledge of STEM concepts with hands on activities.

Cub Scout Nova Award – Uncovering the Past (Archaeology)

Uncovering the Past is the Cub Scout Nova Award for archaeology. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as artifacts, ecofacts, dig sites, and petroglyphs . They must also complete one of their adventures related to culture and…

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for Wolves and Bears

The Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award can be earned by Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts who want to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To earn this award, Scouts must complete the Code of the Wolf or…

1-2-3 Go! Cub Scout Nova Award (Mathematics) Helps and Documents

1-2-3 Go! is the Cub Scout Nova Award for mathematics. To earn this award, Cub Scouts must complete one of their STEM related adventures, make a few calculations, and learn about secret codes.

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award for Webelos

The Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award can be earned by Webelos who want to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To earn this award, Webelos must complete the Adventures in Science or Engineer adventure. They also do some…

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    Robyn

    Hi there! I just have a quick question…who can help a scout to earn their NOVA awards? I heard it had to be an approved NOVA counselor? I keep reading where it says it can be a parent, adult leader OR a NOVA counselor? I’m just confused on the matter and need some clarification. Thank you for your time.

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