Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award

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To earn the Cub Scout Supernova award, you must be a Bear or Wolf Cub 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).
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award

This award is a medallion, worn around the neck.
Created:2013
Level:Wolf Cub Scout/Bear Cub 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. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award.


Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award requirements

To earn the Cub Scout Supernova award, you must be a Bear or Wolf Cub Scout who is active with a den. With a parent's and unit leader's help, youth must select a council-approved mentor who is also a registered Scouter. Youth may NOT choose a parent or unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

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. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award.

  1. Complete both of the adventures appropriate for your rank.
This template may have a sandbox and testcases for editors to experiment.

This is the documentation for the Nova Table template.

Usage

A wikitable cannot be placed within a numbered list without breaking the automatic numbering of that list, but an HTML table can be, as long as there are no line breaks within it. This template was created to do just that, to increase readability in the Cub Scout NOVA awards.

Implicit parameters

This template has no implicit parameters.

Explicit parameter

The belt loop template has several explicit parameters.

Section removal parameter

If included as an empty parameter, this will remove the header row. nonCub If included as an empty parameter, this will remove the Webelos column.

  • webelos

Row removal parameters

If included as an empty parameter, these will remove that particular row -- see the example where "|6=" is included in the calling code and thus row 6 is not displayed.

These parameters are mutually exclusive and the Cub Scout parameters have priority. For instance, if both scout1 and wolf1 are included, only wolf1 will be displayed.

Wolf adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Wolf column.

  • wolf1
  • wolf2
  • wolf3
  • wolf4
  • wolf5
  • wolf6

Bear adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Bear column.

  • bear1
  • bear2
  • bear3
  • bear4
  • bear5
  • bear6

Webelos adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Webelos column.

  • webelos1
  • webelos2
  • webelos3
  • webelos4
  • webelos5
  • webelos6

Scout parameters

  • scout1
  • scout2
  • scout3
  • scout4
  • scout5
  • scout6
  • scout7
  • scout8
  • scout9
  • scout10
  • scout11
  • scout12
  • scout13
  • scout14
  • scout15
  • scout16
  • scout17
  • scout18

Example

This is the preferred method of adding the parameters, for readability.
{{NOVA Table
|wolf1=Adventures in Coins
|wolf2=Collections and Hobbies
|wolf3=Digging in the Past
|wolf4=Germs Alive
|wolf5=Grow Something
|bear1=A Bear Goes Fishing
|bear2=Bear Picnic
|bear3=Critter Care
|webelos1=Camper
|webelos2=Earth Rocks
|webelos3=Maestro
|6=
}}</nowiki> creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub ScoutsWebelos Scout
Adventures in CoinsA Bear Goes FishingCamper
Collections and HobbiesBear PicnicEarth Rocks
Digging in the PastCritter CareMaestro
Germs Alive
Grow Something

This example demonstrates that each parameter doesn't have to be on its own line, for brevity, if desired.
{{NOVA Table |wolf1=Adventures in Coins |wolf2=Collections and Hobbies |wolf3=Digging in the Past |wolf4=Germs Alive |wolf5=Grow Something |bear1=A Bear Goes Fishing |bear2=Bear Picnic |bear3=Critter Care |webelos1=Camper |webelos2=Earth Rocks |webelos3=Maestro |6= }} creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub ScoutsWebelos Scout
Adventures in CoinsA Bear Goes FishingCamper
Collections and HobbiesBear PicnicEarth Rocks
Digging in the PastCritter CareMaestro
Germs Alive
Grow Something

An example of using row parameters to leave rows off, and also the webelos parameter to leave off the Webelos section.
{{Cub Scout NOVA Table
|wolf1=Air of the Wolf
|wolf2=Code of the Wolf
|bear1=Make it Move
|bear2=Super Science
|3= |4= |5= |6= |webelos=}} creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub Scouts
Air of the WolfMake it Move
Code of the WolfSuper Science
  1. Complete the following adventure appropriate for your rank.
This template may have a sandbox and testcases for editors to experiment.

This is the documentation for the Nova Table template.

Usage

A wikitable cannot be placed within a numbered list without breaking the automatic numbering of that list, but an HTML table can be, as long as there are no line breaks within it. This template was created to do just that, to increase readability in the Cub Scout NOVA awards.

Implicit parameters

This template has no implicit parameters.

Explicit parameter

The belt loop template has several explicit parameters.

Section removal parameter

If included as an empty parameter, this will remove the header row. nonCub If included as an empty parameter, this will remove the Webelos column.

  • webelos

Row removal parameters

If included as an empty parameter, these will remove that particular row -- see the example where "|6=" is included in the calling code and thus row 6 is not displayed.

These parameters are mutually exclusive and the Cub Scout parameters have priority. For instance, if both scout1 and wolf1 are included, only wolf1 will be displayed.

Wolf adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Wolf column.

  • wolf1
  • wolf2
  • wolf3
  • wolf4
  • wolf5
  • wolf6

Bear adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Bear column.

  • bear1
  • bear2
  • bear3
  • bear4
  • bear5
  • bear6

Webelos adventures parameters

If included, these will display an adventure in the Webelos column.

  • webelos1
  • webelos2
  • webelos3
  • webelos4
  • webelos5
  • webelos6

Scout parameters

  • scout1
  • scout2
  • scout3
  • scout4
  • scout5
  • scout6
  • scout7
  • scout8
  • scout9
  • scout10
  • scout11
  • scout12
  • scout13
  • scout14
  • scout15
  • scout16
  • scout17
  • scout18

Example

This is the preferred method of adding the parameters, for readability.
{{NOVA Table
|wolf1=Adventures in Coins
|wolf2=Collections and Hobbies
|wolf3=Digging in the Past
|wolf4=Germs Alive
|wolf5=Grow Something
|bear1=A Bear Goes Fishing
|bear2=Bear Picnic
|bear3=Critter Care
|webelos1=Camper
|webelos2=Earth Rocks
|webelos3=Maestro
|6=
}}</nowiki> creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub ScoutsWebelos Scout
Adventures in CoinsA Bear Goes FishingCamper
Collections and HobbiesBear PicnicEarth Rocks
Digging in the PastCritter CareMaestro
Germs Alive
Grow Something

This example demonstrates that each parameter doesn't have to be on its own line, for brevity, if desired.
{{NOVA Table |wolf1=Adventures in Coins |wolf2=Collections and Hobbies |wolf3=Digging in the Past |wolf4=Germs Alive |wolf5=Grow Something |bear1=A Bear Goes Fishing |bear2=Bear Picnic |bear3=Critter Care |webelos1=Camper |webelos2=Earth Rocks |webelos3=Maestro |6= }} creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub ScoutsWebelos Scout
Adventures in CoinsA Bear Goes FishingCamper
Collections and HobbiesBear PicnicEarth Rocks
Digging in the PastCritter CareMaestro
Germs Alive
Grow Something

An example of using row parameters to leave rows off, and also the webelos parameter to leave off the Webelos section.
{{Cub Scout NOVA Table
|wolf1=Air of the Wolf
|wolf2=Code of the Wolf
|bear1=Make it Move
|bear2=Super Science
|3= |4= |5= |6= |webelos=}} creates the following:

Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub Scouts
Air of the WolfMake it Move
Code of the WolfSuper Science
  1. Find interesting facts about Dr. Luis W. Alvarez 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 learn with your mentor, including answers to the following questions: What very important award did Dr. Alvarez earn? What was his famous theory about dinosaurs?
  2. Find out about three other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  3. 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 Cub Scout Supernova award. Ask them why they think math and science are important in your education. Discuss what you learn with your mentor.
  4. Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school OR do a special science project approved by your teacher. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
    A. Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    B. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  6. Learn about the scientific method (or scientific process). Discuss this with your mentor, and include a simple demonstration to show what you learned.
  7. Participate in a Nova- or other STEM-related activity in your Cub 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.
  8. Submit an application for the Cub Scout Supernova award to the district Nova or advancement committee for approval.

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Notes

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