BSA’s new STEM program encourages Scouts to experience science, technology, engineering and math in fun and interesting ways. There are two awards levels: The Nova awards program helps Scouts discover how exciting STEM can be; the Supernova awards program is even more challenging and encourages scientific discovery. Requirements build on existing advancement programs for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venturers.
Sound cool? To support our Scouting units with this initiative, we need adults to volunteer as STEM Nova counselors, and also adults with a background in STEM to help on our new council STEM committee and to help Scouts as mentors.
Contact the Glacier’s Edge Council office for information about the STEM committee and current chair contact information.
Nova Counselors—A Nova Awards counselor must be age 21 or older. Nova counselors and now must be registered under the Nova Awards counselor position code 58. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. Adult application form – from BSA National website. Unit leadership approves the Nova counselor applications. (New – changed Nov. 2013)
Supernova Mentor—A Supernova Awards mentor must be age 21 or older, be a subject matter expert in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field, and be registered under the Supernova Awards mentor position code 52. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. Adult application form – from BSA National website. In addition to the BSA adult application form, a mentor must complete and submit the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application (PDF). Our council STEM committee will review and approve Supernova Mentor applications.
BSA Training information – new STEM training opportunities
Orientation for Scouts, Scouters, and parents about Scouting and the STEM program and the STEM opportunities in Scouting.
- STEM Orientation Self-Study slide deck
- STEM Orientation slide deck
- STEM Orientation Instructor’s guide
STEM Nova Counselor Training
Training for STEM Nova counselors.
Learn more about STEM:
- Glacier’s Edge Council STEM information
- BSA STEM website
- BSA Training website – includes STEM training information
- Tips for guiding youth in the STEM awards (PDF)- from Silicon Valley council