Cub Scout Nova Award for Wolf scouts, Bear scouts, Webelos scouts


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Cub Scout Nova   Cub Scout Nova Award   Scout Award

This Award is meant for Wolf scouts, Bear scouts, Webelos scouts.
(the National BSA office has told me that Tiger scouts may not earn any Nova awards)

There are four topics for which Cub Scouts can earn Nova awards. The Nova patch is earned for the first award and then a pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch is earned for each of the other three topics. The patch and three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Purchase a Nova awards guidebook, available through local Scout shops. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor. Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.


Cub Scout NOVA Pi device
The award patch is a 'temporary' patch with a hangloop and should be displayed centered on the right pocket, hanging from the pocket button.

Science Everywhere - Science award
  1. Complete ALL requirements for A, B, or C:
    1. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to science. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    2. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    3. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to science. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
      2. 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. Astronomy

    Nutrition

    Collecting

    Pet Care

    Geography

    Photography

    Geology

    Science

    Map and Compass

    Weather

    Mathematics

    Wildlife Conservation

  4. Act like a scientist! Do EACH of the following:
    1. With your counselor, choose a question you would like to investigate.
      Here are some examples only (you may get other ideas from your belt loop or pin activities):
      1. Why do rockets have fins? Is there any connection between the feathers on arrows and fins on rockets?
      2. Why do some cars have spoilers? How do spoilers work?
      3. If there is a creek or stream in your neighborhood, where does it go? Does your stream flow to the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean?
      4. Is the creek or stream in your neighborhood or park polluted?
      5. What other activity can you think of that involves some kind of scientific questions or investigation?
    2. 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.
    3. Discuss your investigation and findings with your counselor.
  5. 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.
    1. During your visit, talk to someone in charge about science.
    2. Discuss with your counselor the science done, used, or explained at the place you visited.
  6. Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life.

 

Tech Talk - Technology award
  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.
    1. How technology is used in EACH of the following fields:
      1. Communication
      2. Business
      3. Construction
      4. Sports
      5. Entertainment
    2. Tell why technology is important.
  3. Complete ALL requirements for A, B, or C:
    1. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    2. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    3. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to technology. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
      2. 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. AstronomyMathematics
    BB-gun ShootingMusic
    BicyclingPhotography
    BowlingSnow Ski and Board Sports
    ComputersVideo Games
    Map and Compass
  6. What technology is used in your belt loop or pin?
    1. Discuss with your counselor how you think this technology:
      1. Was invented
      2. Could be made better
    2. Discuss your ideas about technology with your counselor.
  7. 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.
    1. During your visit, talk to someone in charge about the following:
      1. The technologies used where you are visiting
      2. Why the organization is using these technologies
    2. Discuss with your counselor the technology that is designed, used, or explained at the place you visited.
  8. Discuss with your counselor how technology affects your everyday life.

 

Swing! - Engineering award
  1. Complete ALL requirements for A, B, or C:
    1. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    2. Read (about one hour total) about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    3. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
      2. 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. BadmintonMathematics
    BaseballSoftball
    BB-gun ShootingTable Tennis
    FishingTennis
    GolfUltimate
    Hockey
  4. Levers
    1. Make a list or drawing of the three types of levers. (A lever is one kind of simple machine.)
    2. Be able to tell your counselor:
      1. The class of each lever
      2. How each lever works
    3. With your counselor, discuss:
      1. The type of lever that is involved with the motion for the belt loop or pin you chose for requirement 2
      2. What you learned about levers and motion from earning your belt loop or pin
      3. Why we use levers
  5. Do the following:
    1. Visit a place that uses levers, such as a playground, carpentry shop, construction site, restaurant kitchen, or any other location that uses levers.
    2. Discuss with your counselor the equipment or tools that use levers in the place you visited.
  6. Do EACH of the following:
    1. On your own, design, including a drawing, sketch, or model, ONE of the following:
      1. A playground fixture that uses a lever
      2. A game or sport that uses a lever
      3. An invention that uses a lever
    2. Discuss with your counselor how the lever in your design will move something.
  7. Discuss with your counselor how levers affect your everyday life.

 

1-2-3 Go! - Mathematics award
  1. Complete ALL requirements for A, B, or C:
    1. Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show that involves math or physics. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    2. Read (about one hour total) about anything that involves math or physics. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    3. Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything that involves math or physics. Then do the following:
      1. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
      2. Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
  2. Complete the Mathematics OR Computers pin.
  3. Choose TWO options from A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements for those options. Keep your work to share with your counselor. The necessary information to make your calculations can be found in a book or on the Internet. (See the Helpful Links box for ideas.) You may work with a parent or your counselor on these calculations.
    1. Choose TWO of the following places and calculate how much you would weigh there.
      1. On the sun or the moon
      2. On Jupiter or Pluto
      3. On a planet that you choose
    2. Choose ONE of the following and calculate its height:
      1. A tree
      2. Your house
      3. A building of your choice
    3. Calculate the volume of air in your bedroom. Make sure your measurements have the same units—all feet or all inches—and show your work.

    Volume = Length × Width × Height

  4. Secret Codes
    1. Look up, then discuss with your counselor each of the following:
      1. Cryptography
      2. At least three ways secret codes or ciphers are made
      3. How secret codes and ciphers relate to mathematics
    2. Design a secret code or cipher. Then do the following:
      1. Write a message in your code or cipher.
      2. Share your code or cipher with your counselor.
  5. Discuss with your counselor how math affects your everyday life.

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Comments:
 Oct 06, 2013 - Parick
Who is the counselor that the requirements keep referring to?  Is this Akela, or do we need to find subject matter experts for the boys to talk to?
Oct 06, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Parick.  The NOVA Awards require the scout to have a counselor.  This person can be a parent, other scout leader, or trusted adult.  The SUPERNOVA Awards require a mentor, which must have expertise in the S.T.E.M. fields and submit a registration form to the local council as a registered adult.  A parent may only be the counselor/mentor for his son if other boys are involved.  In other words, a parent may not sign off requirements for his son alone.  Good luck.
Oct 17, 2013 - Dolores
Can a cub scout work on the supernova award for two years as both a wolf and a bear or do all of the requirements have to completed in the same year to earn the award?
Oct 18, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Dolores - There are no year-specific requirements, so I see no reason why the scout can't work on his Nova award all the way through his Webelos years.  There is a specific SuperNova award for Webelos, but the one Cub Scout Nova award is for Wolfs, Bears, and Webelos.
Also, there is no time limit (except turning 18) for the Boy Scout Nova award, so it follows there would be none for Cub Scouts.
Feb 03, 2014 - Jolie
Are there any statistics on how many Scouts earn this award annually?
Mar 11, 2014 - Robert
@Jolie:  This is a brand new program.  There are no statistics yet and there have been quite a few hiccups getting it started in our Pack.  Specifically, no mentors listings and not a lot of help from Council.
Mar 16, 2014 - jodi
Dear Sirs,

I am reading the post of Oct 6, 2013 - please clarify the following: Can a parent act as his/her son's conselor for a singe Nova award if it is only his son participating in the requirements? And is that an outside or seperate mentor/counselor is required for the SuperNova award (and/or can a parent act as the SuperNova counselor only if a group of boys participate - not just his son?) I too am having difficulty in finding assistance with these requirements both on the official web page and local council pages.
Mar 17, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@jodi - A parent can be a NOVA counselor for just his/her son.  A parent can NOT be a SuperNOVA mentor for just his/her son.
See NOVA FAQ page.


Mar 18, 2014 - Maria Dowling
What can we do when there is no Supernova counselor/mentor available. I have contacted the council in my area and nearby areas and no luck. Any suggestions. I have already worked with him (as a parent) on the Nova but we are interested in working toward the Supernova (he is a Webelos 2)
Mar 18, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Maria - If there are no mentors available, then scouts can not earn the awards.
Suggestions:  Contact your council's advancement chair to find out how this program will be supported.  Contact your district advancement chair.  Contact your troop advancement chair.  Contact STEM-oriented people in your community about becoming mentors - professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Mar 19, 2014 - Maria Dowling
Thanks Scouter Paul, Did all of that no luck. I've pretty much spoken with everyone at the council who would be able to help as well as outside people in the community about becoming mentors including the volunteer who is helping with this program. They do not have mentors available in the area. It is unfortunate because they are advertising this wonderful program and not be able to support it. I'm quite disappointed.
Mar 21, 2014 - Debra
A little confused about the Nova award. I see the full set up of each sections. I am interpreting the process as the child completes 1leg of the Nova, gets the patch then continues thru the other 3 areas in which they receive a pi ppin for each of the remaining STEM section ? Do they need to file paperwork with pack or council with their intention to go thru the nova process? I see there is actually an application process for superNOVA. Also, my son is a BEAR, we r just starting on NOVA, if he just shoots for The NOVA award completion of all STEMS can he continue thru his webelo years  ( primarily thru the summer prior to his webelo 1 year) or is there no reason to start at this point. I was told that once they hit webelos that they need the " BSA mentore" to go any further towards NOVA. I realize supernova requires that regardless. We have no official mentore in our council and funny thing,  my son has accomplished most belt loops required in each STEM area already...help
Mar 25, 2014 - Richard Meiners
Debra:  The Nova awards can be worked on by the boy with either his Den or Pack leadership, or parents, teachers or any other adult.  The Supernova award is a stand alone award that the scout has to work with a registered Supernova Mentor, which you council should have a list of.  These folks have particular qualifications to be a mentor and to assist the Scout in exploring this award.  Now as far as working on Nova, he can do as many as he likes all through his Cub Scout/Webelos years, however the Supernova awards are scheduled based on being a Wolf/Bear for the Cub Louis Alvarez Award, and Webelo for the Charles Townes award.  Good luck.
Mar 26, 2014 - Kelly
My son is a Webelos I.  He has earned his Nova patch, and he is now getting his Compass Points Emblem.  Where are these patches worn?  They can't both be worn on the right pocket, can they?
Mar 26, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Kelly - They are "temporary" patches.  Only one is to be displayed centered on the right pocket.  The scout can choose which patch to display, often hanging from the pocket button rather than sewn on and changing often.
Apr 08, 2014 - Erin Hayden
Maria - I'm in the same boat. I got a contact from another council that is already implementing NOVA pretty strongly. I'd contact a big council and see if maybe they can do it via Skype or something session. Get creative!
May 11, 2014 - christine sulsona
The cub super nova award is only for wolf, and bear level of cubs. That super nova can be earned over 1 year of cubs or as an example from wolf to bear, but you need a super nova counselor (code 52)there is a super nova counselor application.

I am training and trying to help as many counselors get Nova programs off the ground in their districts.

The webelos have their own super nova award.

As far as the new cub system coming out which will supposedly do away with belt loops we are waiting to see what national has in store for this nova program.

If anyone has questions you can email me or call m, I'd be happy to help as many as I possibly can.
I would love to have more districts have nova program chairs so we can get this program off the ground as many places as possible.

Christine Sulsona
OCBSA Saddleback district Nova program chair.
(949) 701-2875
Christine.sulsona@gmail.com

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