Requirements Resources for Nova and Supernova Awards

Cub Scout Resources

The following table is provided for Scouts, Nova Counselors, Supernova Mentors, so everyone can find the adventures applicable to each Nova Award and to the Supernova Awards.  This table is searchable and sortable.

AdventureScience EverywhereDown & DirtyNova WILD!Out of this WorldUncovering the PastTech TalkCub Scouts Can CodeSwing!1-2-3 Go!Fearful SymmetrySupernova
Collections & HobbiesXXXXX
Digging in the PastXXXX
Germs Alive!XXX
Grow SomethingXXXX
Spirit of WaterXX
Motor AwayXXXXX
Finding Your WayXX
Paws of SkillXX
Code of the WolfXXXX
Air of the WolfX
Call of the WildX
A Bear Goes FishingXXXX
Bear PicnicXX
Critter CareXXX
Super ScienceXXX
RoboticsXXXX
Beat the DrumXX
Make it MoveXX
A World of SoundX
Baloo the BuilderXX
ForensicsXX
Marble MadnessXX
Earth RocksXXX
Maestro!XXX
Adventures in ScienceXXXX
Into the WildXX
Into the WoodsXX
EngineerXXX
Game DesignXXXX
Looking BackXX
Looking ForwardXX
Project FamilyXX
Build ItXXX
Fix ItXX
Movie MakingXX
Art ExplosionXX
First ResponderX

Scouts BSA Resources

The following table is provided for Scouts, Nova Counselors, Supernova Mentors, so everyone can find merit badges applicable to each Nova Award and to the Supernova Awards.  This table is searchable and sortable.

Merit BadgeShoot!Let It Grow!Splash!Mendel's MinionsStart Your Engines!Hello WorldWhoosh!Up and AwayNext Big ThingDesigned to CrunchSupernova
American BusinessXX
Animal ScienceXXX
ArcheaeologyX
ArcheryXX
ArchitectureXX
AstronomyXX
AthleticsX
Automotive Maint.XX
AviationXXXXX
Bird StudyXX
CanoeingXX
ChemistryXXX
ChessX
Composite MaterialsXXX
ComputersX
CookingX
CyclingX
DentistryX
Digital TechnologyXXXX
DraftingXXXXX
ElectricityXX
ElectronicsXXX
EnergyXXX
EngineeringXXXX
EntrepreneurshipX
Environmental SciXX
Farm MechanicsXXX
Fish/WildlifeXXX
FishingXX
Fly-FishingX
ForestryXXXX
Game DesignXX
GardeningXXX
GeocachingX
GeologyXX
Insect StudyXXX
InventingXXX
KayakingXX
Mammal StudyXXX
MedicineXX
Mining in SocietyXX
Model DesignXX
MotorboatingX
NatureXXXX
Nuclear ScienceXX
OceanographyXXX
OrienteeringX
Plant ScienceXX
Personal ManagementX
PlumbingX
ProgrammingXXX
Public HealthXX
Pulp & PaperX
RadioXX
RailroadingXX
Reptile & AmphibianXX
Rifle ShootingXX
RoboticsXXXX
RowingX
Scuba DivingXX
Shotgun ShootingXX
Sign, Signals, & CodesXX
Small-Boat SailingX
Soil/WaterXXX
Space ExplorationXXX
SwimmingX
SurveyingXX
SustainabilityXXX
Truck TransportationX
Veterinary MedicineXX
WeatherXXXX
WeldingX

Venturing & Sea Scout Resources

The following table is provided for Venturers and Sea Scouts, Nova Counselors, and Supernova Mentors, so everyone can find the STEM Fields of Interest (FOI) for each Nova Award.  This table is searchable and sortable.  While these STEM FOI’s have names identical to merit badges for Scouts BSA, they are very different experiences. (see link). The guidance for the Supernova awards for Venturers and Sea Scouts will be updated soon.

STEM FOILaunch!Wade!What a Life!Power UpExecute!Hang On!Numbers Don't Lie
ArcheryXX
AstronomyX
AthleticsX
AviationXXX
Rifle ShootingXX
RoboticsXXX
Shotgun ShootingXX
Space ExplorationXX
WeatherXXX
ChemistryX
Environmental ScienceXX
Fish & Wildlife ManagementXX
FishingXX
Fly-FishingX
ForestryXX
GeologyX
NatureXX
OceanographyXX
Public HealthX
Soil & Water ConservationXX
SustainabilityX
Automotive MaintenanceX
CanoeingX
CyclingX
DraftingXXX
ElectricityX
EnergyX
Farm MechanicsX
MotorboatingX
Nuclear ScienceX
Composite MaterialsX
ElectronicsXX
EngineeringX
InventingX
Model Design & BuildingX
RailroadingXX
Small-boat SailingX
Truck TransportationX
American BusinessX
ChessX
ComputersX
EntrepreneurshipX
OrienteeringX
Personal ManagementX
RadioX
SurveyingX
Animal ScienceX
GardeningX
Insect StudyX
Mammal StudyX
MedicineX
Plant ScienceX
Veterinary MedicineX
Wildlife ConservationX
CybersecurityX
ProgrammingX
NetworkingX
CryptologyX
Social Media MarketingX
Information TechnologyX
Computer HardwareX

Supernova Application Guidance

Per the Supernova Application, the candidate is to provide copies of all reports and other appropriate documentation.  The information below is meant to help clarify what the appropriate documentation is for each Supernova Award.  Ideally, the documentation should come in some sort of binder so that it remains together.

Dr. Luis Alvarez
(Cub Scouts)

It is understood that the Cub Scout may need assistance in preparing some of these materials, but a good faith effort should be made by the candidate in preparing these materials.

  1. A copy of the Scout’s Advancement record for the Adventure. A copy of the documents associated with completion of either Option A or Option B
  2. A copy of the Scout’s Advancement record for the Adventure. In the case of Option A a copy of the statistic definitions and the newspaper story. In the case of Option B, a photo of the data collection and a copy of the results of the experiment.
  3. A copy of the facts learned about Dr. Alvarez. This may be typed or handwritten.
  4. The names and facts found about the three noted scientists, inventors, mathematians, or engineers.
  5. A summary of the conversation about STEM and its importance (the summary can be provided by the Mentor.)
  6. If possible, a photo of the project or experiment. If not possible, a note from the Scout’s teacher that supervised the experiment.
  7. For Option A, a photo from the visit with the professional and a brief summary about what was learned. For Option B, a summary of the conversation (can be provided by the Mentor.)
  8. A photo of the demonstration of the Scientific method.
  9. A photo of the event or activity with a brief caption about the event.

Dr. Charles Townes
(Webelos)

It is understood that the Webelos may need assistance in preparing some of these materials, but a good faith effort should be made by the candidate in preparing these materials.

  1. A copy of the Scout’s Advancement record for the Adventure. For either Option A or Option B, a photo with an appropriate caption.
  2. In the case of Adventures, a copy of the Scout’s Advancement record. In the case of either Option A or Option B, a photo with an appropriate caption.
  3. A copy of the facts learned about Dr. Townes. This may be typed or handwritten.
  4. The names and facts found about the five noted scientists, inventors, mathematians, or engineers.
  5. A summary of the conversation about STEM and its importance (the summary can be provided by the Mentor.)
  6. If possible, a photo of the project or experiment. If not possible, a note from the Scout’s teacher that supervised the experiment.
  7. For Option A, a photo from the visit with the professional and a brief summary about what was learned. For Option B, a summary of the conversation (can be provided by the Mentor.)
  8. A photo of the demonstration of the Scientific method and a copy of the report given to the mentor.
  9. A photo of the event or activity with a brief caption about the event.

Dr. Bernard Harris
(Scouts BSA)

In the case of Scouts BSA, the mentor may provide assistance in getting the materials in the proper format, but the Scout is expected to do the remainder.

  1. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  2. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  3. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  4. A typed summary of the two Supernova activities or a copy of the report. In the case of a poster or similar, a reduced facsimilie of the poster is sufficient. In the case of an oral report, a copy of the notes used to present the report is sufficient.
  5. A copy of a certificate of participation, a letter from the event, or a photo of the candidate at the event.
  6. For Option A–If possible, a photo of the candidate shadowing the professional, a copy of the report from the visit, and if possible, a letter from the professional. For Option B–A copy of the presentation (typed or pdf of the presentation).
  7. A copy of the materials used in support of the activity/presentation. A photo would also be good.
  8. A copy of the presentation materials. This may be powerpoint print outs or a pdf version of the material.

Thomas A. Edison
(Scouts BSA)

In the case of Scouts BSA, the mentor may provide assistance in getting the materials in the proper format, but the Scout is expected to do the remainder.

  1. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  2. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  3. A copy of the Scout’s advancement record.
  4. A typed summary of the two additional Supernova activities or a copy of the report. In the case of a poster or similar, a reduced facsimilie of the poster is sufficient. In the case of an oral report, a copy of the notes used to present the report is sufficient.
  5. A copy of a certificate of participation, a letter from the event, or a photo of the candidate at the event. This event may be the same type of event as for the Bernard Harris award, but a different year.
  6. A photo with an appropriate caption along with a copy of the activity materials.
  7. A copy of the report (typed) or a copy of the materials used in the presentation.

Albert Einstein Supernova Award Guidance

For ambitious Venturers and Sea Scouts, there is the Albert Einstein Supernova Award.  Albert Einstein Supernova Mentors should consult the guidance for this award (link). The MDSC STEM Committee strongly encourages Venturers and Sea Scouts interested in this award should consult with the Council’s STEM Committee prior to beginning work on the award.  This is a National Award for which the criteria is much stricter.

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