STEMSTEM — “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” Initiative

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. In today’s world, the ability to understand the concepts around STEM has proven essential to developing strong career paths. The Boy Scouts of America is in the business of developing youth, and STEM provides a supplement to the traditional Scouting program and complements the outdoor activities and a Scout’s journey to Eagle.

nova_awardThe NOVA Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, & Venturers. These topics, or four NOVA awards for each program level, are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun. For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi pin that attaches to the patch. The Supernova medal requires a more in-depth exploration of STEM topics. Learn more on BSA’s STEM/Nova website.

NOVANova Counselors and Supernova Mentors – With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older. Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application. Learn more about these opportunities by clicking on Volunteer Support