Welcome to the GGAC STEM Page

Welcome to the Golden Gate Area Council’s STEM page.  This page is meant to be a resource for any and all Nova Counselors, Supernova Mentors, Unit Leaders, and anyone interested in the BSA’s STEM program.  The Requirements Page has sortable tables and guidance for Supernova Mentors and candidates for completing the Supernova Application for all program levels.  The Requirements Menu has links to the current Nova and Supernova requirements pages.  The Resources Menu has links for Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors, a list of the Council’s STEM in a Box offerings, Local STEM activities, and additional resources from National.  There’s lots of information on these pages, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the GGAC STEM Committee Chair, Michael McDowell

Upcoming STEM Events...

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova 2020

Starting on September 14th, 2020, Webelos and AOLs can join the GGAC’s STEM Committee for a 7-session Virtual event all about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while earning Cub Scouting’s highest STEM Award, the Dr. Charles H. Townes SUPERNOVA. During this 7-week program, scouts will work with a mentor to explore different areas of STEM, building a circuit with Scouts BSA, attend a geological hike and see how science, technology, engineering and math affect their daily lives. With the potential exception of one or two activities, this program will be delivered virtually.

Registration will open in mid-June 2020 with two sessions of 15 Scouts each. This program is limited to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. The sessions will both be on Monday evenings with one at 6:30 pm and one at 7:30 pm. The cost for the entire program will be $50 (subject to change).

If you have any questions, please contact Ariel Karahalios or Michael McDowell.

GGAC Summer 2020 STEM

The Golden Gate Area Council’s STEM Committee is working on a slate of Virtual Nova Awards for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA.  We hope to have the program ready to launch in the next week.  Each Nova Award offering will be virtual.  For some of the awards, there will be component kits that will be mailed to the Scout, but in most cases we will be pushing the Scout’s creativity to complete the various hands-on activities.  Stay Tuned.

Nova Awards during the COVID-19 SIP order

During this unprecedented (in our life times, at least) Shelter in Place Order, the GGAC STEM Committee is encouraging leaders and youth to participate in any of the many on-line programs being offered across the country. With around 300 or so Councils, it is hard to keep up with all the different offerings out there. There are some ideas below.  Many of these offerings are up on Facebook. Feel free to email me (Michael McDowell) with different Councils that are offering online programs and I will post them here.

In all cases, please be vigilant on Youth Protection.

Online Program Offerings

  • National Capital Area Council (Facebook)
  • Techlab Austin (Facebook)
  • Three Fires Council (Facebook)

The GGAC STEM Committee is working on offering a virtual program this summer. Please stay tuned.


Due to the ongoing events related to the novel coronavirus, the MDSC STEM Committee has decided to postpone this event until a later date.  We will be working with the Council to take care of those that have already paid the fee.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email.


Michael McDowell-GGAC STEM Committee Chair

STEM Day 2020

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Committee via Michael McDowell.