The National BSA office has designated the following as STEM-related merit badges: Animal Science, Astronomy, Bird Study, Chemistry, Computers, Drafting, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Insect Study, Inventing, Mammal Study, Medicine, Model design and Building, Nature, Nuclear Science, Oceanography, Personal Management, Photography, Plant Science, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Robotics, Soil and Water Conservation, Space Exploration, Surveying, Veterinary Medicine, and Weather. There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM related requirements involved.

Boy Scout Nova Awards:

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Start Your Engines!
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Designed to Crunch

The Supernova Awards

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

If you thrive on challenge, then earning the Supernova award will be right up your alley. To be eligible, you must be a First Class Scout or higher. As a prerequisite, you must first earn any three of the four Nova awards for Boy Scouts. 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).

Boy Scout Supernova awards include the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award and the Thomas Edison Supernova Award

Application for the Supernova award is submitted to the district Nova or Advancement committee for approval.

Important: Please view the SCCBSA Council presentation - this will help answer the majority of your questions.

A Note to the Counselor
The Boy Scout Supernova award recognizes superior achievement by a Boy Scout in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.

Nova Program Boy Scout Guide Book
All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops, or the guide can be downloaded below. Also see the Nova Program Counselors and Supernova Award Mentors Flyer

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