The requirements for the Robotics merit badge help Scouts understand the many uses of robots. They learn how to design and test robots to perform simple tasks. Scouts also find out about competitive robotics and explore career opportunities related to robotics.
Scouts BSA Nova Awards
- Shoot! (Science)
- Let It Grow! (Food and Agriculture Science)
- Start Your Engines! (Technology)
- Whoosh! (Engineering)
- Designed to Crunch (Mathematics)
For their first Nova Award, Scouts earn a patch. For each other Nova award, Scouts receive a pi (π) pin-on device to wear on the patch.
The Supernova Awards recognize Scouts who go further in their STEM explorations:
Scouts learn about food safety, nutrition, and cooking techniques while working on the Cooking merit badge. They also have to plan , prepare, and cook meals at camp, at home, and on the trail. The Cooking merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle.
Several years ago I attended a Cub Scout Pow Wow session on neckerchief slide crafts. They showed us a number of ways to make neckerchief slides from various materials.
Hello World is the Scouts BSA Nova Award for investigating coding and programming. To earn this award, Scouts must complete one of their digital technology related merit badges and learn about related topics such as functions, loops, variables, and URLs. Scouts also try their hand at writing some simple programs.
This astronomy word search puzzle features space exploration terms. Use it as a gathering activity at a space themed meeting or for an astronomy related achievement.
Nova Awards are the BSA Awards focused on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.