STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society. In many forums-including political, governmental, and academic-the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.
The BSA NOVA Awards program combines knowledge of STEM concepts with hands on activities and investigation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There are award programs for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers. Scouts are offered opportunities to work with counselors and mentors from STEM fields.
There are four Nova awards for each program level – one each for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. When a Scout earns the first Nova award, he or she earns a patch. For each award after that he or she earns a pi device to put on the patch.
The Supernova Awards recognize Scouts and Venturers who go further in their STEM explorations:
For more information and guidebooks, check your local Scout shop.
Cub Scout Nova and Supernova awards:
Scouts BSA (Boy Scout) Nova and Supernova awards:
Venturing Nova and Supernova awards: