Dr. Bernard Harris Bronze Supernova Award

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Dr. Bernard Harris Bronze Supernova Award

This award is a medallion, worn around the neck.
Created:2013
Level:Boy Scout

The BSA's STEM/NOVA Awards program is designed to introduce and encourage further study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. A Scout may earn all four Nova awards.

If you thrive on challenge, then earning the Supernova award will be right up your alley. To be eligible, you must be a First Class Scout or higher. As a prerequisite, you must first earn any three of the four Nova awards for Boy Scouts. With your parent’s and unit leader’s help, you must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).


Dr. Bernard Harris Bronze Supernova Award requirements

Merit badges approved for use in earning the Boy Scout Supernova awards:
Animal ScienceEnergyNuclear Science
ArchaeologyEngineeringOceanography
ArchitectureEnvironmental SciencePlant Science
AstronomyFarm MechanicsPulp and Paper
Automotive MaintenanceFish and Wildlife ManagementRadio
AviationForestryReptile and Amphibian Study
Bird StudyGardeningRobotics
ChemistryGeocachingScuba Diving
Composite MaterialsGeologySoil and Water Conservation
ComputersInsect StudySpace Exploration
DentistryInventingSurveying
DraftingMammal StudyVeterinary Medicine
ElectricityMedicineWeather
ElectronicsNatureWelding
  1. Complete any three of the Boy Scout Nova awards. (Note: These may be done at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)
  2. Earn the Scholarship merit badge.
  3. Earn four of the Supernova approved merit badges from the above list. (Note: These may be earned at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)
  4. Complete TWO Supernova activity topics, one each in two different STEM areas.
    A Supernova activity topic is a two-part, hands-on, high-level activity related to one of the STEM fields. Part 1 involves research, preparation, set up,coordination, and/or organization. Part 2 involves analysis and reflection, culminating in the creation of a report in any one of the available format options. See the “Supernova Activity Topics” chapter.
  5. Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR in any equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop approved by your mentor. An example of this would be an X-Prize type competition.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    A. With your parent’s permission and your mentor’s approval, spend at least one day "shadowing" a local scientist or engineer and report on your experience and what you learned about STEM careers to your mentor.
    B. Learn about a career that is heavily involved with STEM. Make a presentation to your mentor about what you learned.
  7. Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova award or other STEM-related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting. Be sure to receive approval from the appropriate unit leader and agree on a time and place for the presentation. If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another youth group, such as your troop or at your place of worship.
  8. Review the scientific method (you may know this as the scientific process) and note how scientists establish hypotheses, theories, and laws. Compare how the establishment of "facts" or “rules” using the scientific method differs from the establishment of “facts” or “rules” in other environments, such as legal, cultural, religious, military, mathematical, or social environments. Then do the following:
    A. Choose a modern scientific subject with at least two competing theories on the subject and learn as much as possible about each theory.
    B. Analyze the competing theories, decide which one is most convincing to you, and explain why to your mentor.
    C. Make a presentation to your mentor that describes the controversy, the competing theories, and your conclusions about how the scientific method can or cannot contribute to the resolution of the controversy.
  9. Submit a Supernova Award Application to the district or council Nova or advancement committee for approval.

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