Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award

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This Supernova award can be earned by Cub Scouts who want to soar in science.
This Supernova award can be earned by Cub Scouts who want to soar in science.
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[[Image:643290-supernova-bronze.jpg|thumb|<center>Supernova Bronze bar pin<br />Worn above left pocket on field [[uniform]]<br />SKU: [https://www.scoutshop.org/supernova-bronze-award-bar-643290.html 643290]</center>]]
==A Note to the Counselor==
==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.
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.

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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

Award medallion, worn around the neck.
SKU: 613006
Created:2013
Level:Wolf Cub Scouts and Bear Cub Scouts

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, Venturers, and Sea Scouts. Scouts may earn all Nova awards for their program. 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.

Supernova Bronze bar pinWorn above left pocket on field uniformSKU: 643290
Supernova Bronze bar pin
Worn above left pocket on field uniform
SKU: 643290

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).

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 seven Nova awards for Cub Scouts before earning the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award.

  1. Complete the adventure appropriate for your rank and complete option A or option B.
    Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub Scouts
    Code of the WolfMake it Move
    Option A: Do all of the following:
    a. Keep track of the money you earn and spend for three weeks.
    b. Geometry: Select a simple shape or figure. Observe the world around you for at least a week and keep a record of where you see this shape or figure and how it is used.
    c. Visit a bank and have someone explain how interest works. Use the current interest rate and calculate how much interest different sums of money will earn.
    Option B: Do all of the following:
    a. Measure how you use your time by keeping a diary or log of what you do for a week. Then make a chart or graph to display how you spend your time.
    b. Measure, mix, and prepare at least two recipes. Share your snacks with family, friends, or your den.
    c. Study geometry in architecture by exploring your neighborhood or community. Look at different types of buildings-houses, places of worship, businesses, etc.-and create a presentation (a set of photographs, a collage of pictures from newspapers and magazines, a model) that you can share with your den or pack to show what you have seen and learned about shapes in architecture.
  2. Complete the adventure appropriate for your rank or complete option A or B
    Wolf Cub ScoutsBear Cub Scouts
    Call of the WildForensics
    Option A: Do all of the following:
    a. Go shopping with an adult and use a calculator to add up how much the items you buy will cost. See whether your total equals the total at check out.
    b. Explain the meaning of these statistical words and tools: data, averaging, tally marks, bar graph, line graph, pie chart, and percentage.
    c. Study a newspaper or online news source, with your parent’s or guardian’s permission, to find as many examples as you can of statistical information.
    Option B: Do both of the following:
    a. Explain to your den or your Mentor how a meteorologist or insurance company (or someone else) might use the mathematics of probability to predict what might happen in the future (i.e., the chance that it might rain, or the chance that someone might be in a car accident).
    b. Predict the probability of a plastic bottle landing on its bottom, top, and side. Then flip it 100 times and keep track of which way it lands. Identify any possible sources of experimental error. Discuss the differences if the bottle is empty or full.
  3. 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?
  4. Find out about three 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 Cub 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 OR do a special science project approved by your teacher. 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.
    B. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  8. Learn about the scientific method (or scientific process). Discuss this with your mentor, and include a simple demonstration to show what you learned.
  9. 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.
  10. Submit an application for the Webelos Scout Supernova award Adobe Acrobat PDF to the district STEM or advancement committee for approval.

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