STEM/ NOVA

What is STEM?

STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the STEM Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

Why STEM?

We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

STEM Is the future

Fostering a strong STEM education is our best opportunity to boost the spirit of innovation. It’s what we need to help ensure this country continues on a prosperous and secure journey. STEM literacy is also critical because it has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. Nature, space exploration, and any STEM-related interest reveals to us the beauty and power of the world we inhabit.

What Are the STEM Nova Awards?

The Boy Scouts of America developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. Discover how the STEM Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.” 

Stem-Nova

Counselors & Mentors

Nova Counselors

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Register as a Nova Counselor (position code 58, non-unit position, no registration fee) using the BSA Adult Application
  • Must complete BSA’s Youth Protection Training before working with youth
  • Should complete Nova Counselor training available at my.scouting.org .  Log in, click “BSA Learn Center”, then “STEM in Scouting.”

Supernova Mentors

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field
  • Register as a Supernova Mentor (position code 52, non-unit position, no registration fee) using the BSA Adult Application
  • Must complete and submit the Supernova Awards Mentor Information  form to the local council service center
  • Must complete BSA’s Youth Protection Training before working with youth
  • Should complete STEM Supernova Mentor training available at available at my.scouting.org .  Log in, click “BSA Learn Center”, then “STEM in Scouting.”

Supernova mentors guiding Scouts through the Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova award should reference the most recent version of the guide to mentoring the Dr Albert Einstein Supernova Award, available with the Venturing/Sea Scouting Supernova Awards.

Questions? Contact our District Advancement Chair Edward Sheely at goldenwestadvancement@gmail.com and our District STEM/ Nova Chair Michael McAndrews at Michael_mcandrews@yahoo.com