Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

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Starting Jun 01, 2015, current Webelos may complete the previous version of this award no later than December 31, 2015, using the requirements as published in the current Cub Scout Nova Awards Guidebook (No. 34032). At any time, Webelos may use the requirements listed here.
To earn the Webelos Scout Supernova award, you must be a Webelos Scout who is active with a den. 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). If you earned the Cub Scout Supernova award, the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova award, you must repeat similar requirements while you are a Webelos Scout.
Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

This award is a medallion, worn around the neck.
Created:2013
Level:Webelos 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. The Supernova awards are designed to inspire further study. It is recommended that you complete at least two Nova awards before starting the requirements for the Supernova award.

Scouts may complete any Nova award with a parent or unit leader’s guidance. However, Supernova Awards mentors must be approved by the local council. (Note: Tiger Cubs are not eligible to participate in the STEM/NOVA Awards program.)

This Supernova award can be earned by Cub Scouts who want to soar in science.

A Note to the Counselor

The Cub Scout Supernova award recognizes superior achievement by a Cub Scout in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult. Tigers are not eligible to earn the Cub Scout Supernova award. Although it is not a requirement, it is recommended that you earn at least two of the four NOVA Awards for Cub Scouts before earning the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.


Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award requirements

  1. Complete the following Webelos Scout/Arrow of Light elective adventures: Adventures in Science, and Engineer, and the following Arrow of Light required adventure: Scouting Adventure.
  2. Complete any three of the following six adventures: Webelos Scout/Arrow of Light elective adventures: Build It, Castaway, Into the Wild, and Into the Woods. the following Webelos required adventure: First Responder, and the following Arrow of Light required adventure: Building a Better World.
  3. Find interesting facts about Dr. Charles H. Townes using resources in your school or local library or on the Internet (with your parent’s or guardian’s permission and guidance). Then discuss what you learned with your mentor, including answers to the following questions: What very important award did Dr. Townes earn? What was Dr. Townes’ most famous invention?
  4. Find out about five other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  5. Speak with your teacher(s) at school (or your parents if you are home-schooled) OR one of your Cub Scout leaders about your interest in earning the Webelos Scout Supernova award. Ask them why they think math and science are important in your education. Discuss what you learn with your mentor.
  6. Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    A. Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    A. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  8. Under the direct supervision of your mentor, do an experiment that shows how the scientific method (or scientific process) is used. Prepare a short report on the results of your experiment for your mentor.
  9. Participate in a Nova- or other STEM-related activity in your Webelos Scout den or pack meeting that is conducted by a Boy Scout or Venturer who is working on his or her Supernova award. If this is not possible, participate in another Nova- or STEM-related activity in your den or pack meeting.
  10. Submit an application for the Webelos Scout Supernova award to the district STEM or advancement committee for approval.

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