Mike visits the Harlingen Service Center, talking about STEM in the B.S.A.
NOVA AWARD - See below for details
AWARDS: Current topics available for the Cub Scout NOVA award
SCIENCE EVERYWHERE (Science) TECH TALK (Technology) SWING! (Motion-Engineering) DESIGNED TO CRUNCH (Mathematics
Current Topics available for the Boy Scout and Venturing NOVA award
SHOOT! Projectiles and Space (Science) START YOUR ENGINES (Transportation Technology) WHOOSH! (Motion-Engineering) DESIGNED TO CRUNCH (Mathematics)
The NOVA award will be a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth. If a youth completes a significant number (to be determined) of the available STEM topics, than he/she will be presented with a Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck ribbon.
STEM-SUPERNOVA Award: The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to the BSA Hornaday Award Program. The basic requirements are to earn certain Academic Pins( Cub Scouts), Activity Badges (Webelos) and Merit Badges (Boy Scouts) plus complete various other more rigorous STEM related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievements and teaching activities. SUPERNOVA is designed to encourage and recognize more in depth achievement in STEM. The awards are medals on Neck Ribbons plus a square knot for uniform wear.
Cub Scout Dr.Luis Walter Alvarez Award Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck Ribbon Webelos Dr. Charles H Townes Award Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck Ribbon
Basic Dr. Bernard M. Harris Award Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck Ribbon Intermediate Thomas Edison Award Certificate and Silver Medal on neck Ribbon Advanced Albert Einstein Award Certificate and Gold Medal on neck Ribbon
Venturing Sally Ride Award Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck Ribbon
Adult Scouter Paul A. Siple Award Certificate and Bronze Medal on neck Ribbon
The Adult NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards are designed to recognize achievement by an Adult Scouter in promoting and encouraging youth in Scouting to participate in the STEM-NOVA and STEM-SUPERNOVA award programs.
Cub Scout Program requirements: TECH TALK
1. Look up a definition of Technology and discuss it with your counselor
2. Watch or read, choose one: i. Watch an episode or episodes (an hour total) of NOVA or other media production that involves technology or how technology is used. ii. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from each production. iii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor B. Read one long or two short magazine articles that talk about technology or how it is used. i. Make a list of at least two questions or idea(s) from the articles ii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor. C. Do a combination of reading and watching i. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from the article or production ii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor.
3. Complete a belt loop or pin from the following list: Astronomy,BB Gun Shooting, Bicycling, Bowling, Computers, Map and Compass, Music, Photography, Snow Ski and Board Sports, Video Games
4. What technology is used in your belt loop or pin: a. How do you think this technology i. Was invented? ii. Could be made better? 5. Discuss with your counselor, then a. Visit a place of your choice that uses technology and b. talk to someone in charge about i. the technologies used where you are visiting ii. Why they use these technologies Possible choices of places to visit may include: An amusement park, A police or Fire station, a newspaper office, a factory or store. 6. Discuss with your counselor a. how technology is used in i. Communication (Radio, TV, Newspapers and magazines) ii. Business iii. Construction iv. Sports v. Entertainment b. Why technology is important.
BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS
NOVA- Transportation Tech
1. Watch or Research, choose one: A. Watch 3 episodes/hours of NOVA or other media productions that involve transportation technology i. Make a list of at least two question or ideas from each production ii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor. B. Read at least 3 articles about transportation or transportation technology. i. Make a list of at least two questions or idea(s) from the articles ii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor. C. Do a combination of reading and watching i. Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from the article or production ii. Discuss the ideas and questions with your counselor.
2. Complete a merit badge from the following list: Automotive Maintenance, Aviation, Motor Boating, Railroading, Small Boat Sailing, Canoeing, Cycling, Farm Mechanics, Space Exploration, Truck Transportation
3. Energy Sources a. Using the above requirements from the above list of merit badges i. Tell your counselor the energy source(s) for the types of transportation in the listed merit badges ii. Discuss the pros and cons of each energy source with your counselor b. Make a list of other sources of energy that may be possible to use in transportation c. With your counselor i. Discuss alternative sources of energy ii. Discuss the pros and cons of using alternative energy sources 4. Design and build a working model vehicle (not from a kit) a. Make drawings and specifications of your model vehicle before you begin to build B. Include an energy source to power your vehicle i. Solar Power ii. Wind Power iii. Battery Power iv. DO NOT use gasoline or other combustible fuel source c. Test your model i. How well did it perform ii. Did it move as well as you thought it would perform iii. Did you encounter problems, How can these problems be corrected? d. Discuss with your counselor i. What difficulties you encountered in designing and building your model ii. Why you chose your energy source iii. If your model met your specifications iv. How you would modify your design to make it better