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1. Look up a definition of the word technology and discuss the meaning with your counselor.
1. Look up a definition of the word technology and discuss the meaning with your counselor.
2. Discuss EACH of the following with your counselor.
2. Discuss EACH of the following with your counselor.
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How technology is used in EACH of the following fields:
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*How technology is used in EACH of the following fields:
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Communication
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**Communication
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Business
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**Business
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Construction
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**Construction
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Sports
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**Sports
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Entertainment
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**Entertainment
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Tell why technology is important.
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*Tell why technology is important.
3. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.
3. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.
A. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
A. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
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Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
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*Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
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Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
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*Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
B. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
B. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
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Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
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*Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
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Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
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*Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
C. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
C. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
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Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
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*Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
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Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
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*Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
4. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)
4. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)
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[[Astronomy]]
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*[[Astronomy]]
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[[BB-gun Shooting]]
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*[[BB-gun Shooting]]
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[[Bicycling]]
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*[[Bicycling]]
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[[Bowling]]
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*[[Bowling]]
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[[Computers]]
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*[[Computers]]
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[[Map and Compass]]
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*[[Map and Compass]]
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[[Mathematics]]
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*[[Mathematics]]
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[[Music]]
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*[[Music]]
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[[Photography]]
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*[[Photography]]
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[[Snow Ski and Board Sports]]
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*[[Snow Ski and Board Sports]]
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[[Video Games]]
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*[[Video Games]]
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5. What technology is used in your belt loop or pin?
5. What technology is used in your belt loop or pin?
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Discuss with your counselor how you think this technology:
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*Discuss with your counselor how you think this technology:
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Was invented
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**Was invented
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Could be made better
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**Could be made better
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Discuss your ideas about technology with your counselor.
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*Discuss your ideas about technology with your counselor.
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6. Visit a place where technology is being designed, used, or explained, such as one of the following: an amusement park, a police or fire station, a radio or television station, a newspaper office, a factory or store, or any other location where technology is being designed, used, or explained.
6. Visit a place where technology is being designed, used, or explained, such as one of the following: an amusement park, a police or fire station, a radio or television station, a newspaper office, a factory or store, or any other location where technology is being designed, used, or explained.
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During your visit, talk to someone in charge about the following:
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*During your visit, talk to someone in charge about the following:
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The technologies used where you are visiting
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**The technologies used where you are visiting
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Why the organization is using these technologies
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**Why the organization is using these technologies
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Discuss with your counselor the technology that is designed, used, or explained at the place you visited.
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*Discuss with your counselor the technology that is designed, used, or explained at the place you visited.
7. Discuss with your counselor how technology affects your everyday life.
7. Discuss with your counselor how technology affects your everyday life.

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The 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 Super NOVA awards are designed to inspire further study. It is recommended that you complete at least two NOVA awards before starting the requirements for the Super NOVA award. Tiger Cub Scouts are not eligible for the NOVA awards program.

Scouts may complete any Nova award with a parent or unit leader’s guidance. Supernova mentors must be approved by the local council and Tiger Cubs are not eligible for the NOVA or Super NOVA awards.

Contents

Awards

Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch upon completion of their first award. For each additional award earned they are recognized with a separate pi (π) device that attaches to the patch. The patch and devices represent each of the four STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Scouts earning the Super NOVA award are recognized with a medal and certificate.


Award Levels

NOVA Award

Cub Scout

Science Everywhere

This module is designed to help you explore how science affects your life each day.

1. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.

  • A. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to science. Then do the following:
    • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
    • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
  • B. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
    • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
    • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
  • C. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
    • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
    • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.

2. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)

3. Act like a scientist! Do EACH of the following:

  • With your counselor, choose a question you would like to investigate.
  • With a parent or your counselor, use the scientific method/process to investigate your question. Keep records of your question, the information you found, how you investigated, and what you found out about your question.
  • Discuss your investigation and findings with your counselor.

4. Visit a place where science is being done, used, or explained, such as one of the following: zoo, aquarium, water treatment plant, observatory, science museum, weather station, fish hatchery, or any other location where science is being done, used, or explained.

  • During your visit, talk to someone in charge about science.
  • Discuss with your counselor the science done, used, or explained at the place you visited.
  • Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life.
Tech Talk

This module is designed to help you explore how technology affects your life each day.

1. Look up a definition of the word technology and discuss the meaning with your counselor. 2. Discuss EACH of the following with your counselor.

  • How technology is used in EACH of the following fields:
    • Communication
    • Business
    • Construction
    • Sports
    • Entertainment
  • Tell why technology is important.

3. Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.

A. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to technology. Then do the following:

  • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
  • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.

B. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:

  • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
  • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.

C. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:

  • Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
  • Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.

4. Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.)

5. What technology is used in your belt loop or pin?

  • Discuss with your counselor how you think this technology:
    • Was invented
    • Could be made better
  • Discuss your ideas about technology with your counselor.

6. Visit a place where technology is being designed, used, or explained, such as one of the following: an amusement park, a police or fire station, a radio or television station, a newspaper office, a factory or store, or any other location where technology is being designed, used, or explained.

  • During your visit, talk to someone in charge about the following:
    • The technologies used where you are visiting
    • Why the organization is using these technologies
  • Discuss with your counselor the technology that is designed, used, or explained at the place you visited.

7. Discuss with your counselor how technology affects your everyday life.

Swing!
1-2-3 Go!

Boy Scout

Shoot!
Start Your Engines!
Whoosh!
Designed to Crunch

Venturing

Launch
Power Up
Hang On!
Numbers Don't Lie

Super NOVA

It is recommended, but not required, that a Cub Scout earn two of the four NOVA awards before earning the SuperNOVA award.

Wolf and Bear Scouts

Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award

Webelos Scout

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

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, you must repeat similar requirements while you are a Webelos Scout.

Requirements

  • Earn the Scholar AND Scientist AND Engineer Webelos Scout activity badges.
  • Earn THREE of the following Webelos Scout activity badges: Craftsman, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, and Readyman.
  • 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?
  • Find out about five other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  • 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.
  • Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  • Do ONE of the following:
    • Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    • Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Submit an application for the Webelos Scout Supernova award to the district Nova or advancement committee for approval.


Boy Scout

Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award
Thomas Edison Supernova Award

Venturing

Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award
Wright Brothers Supernova Award
Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Award

References

http://scouting.org/stem.aspx

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