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Coordinator: La Donna Hudson 
Email: merit.scout@gmail.com
Text/Call: 636.328.6113

+ She is the STEM Coordinator for the Pack / Troop / Crew of 957, and she is also the Supernova Mentor.
What are the STEM Nova Awards?

The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie
 
Are the Nova requirements the same for both Cub Scouts and WEBELOS?
 
For the Nova Awards, the Cub Scouts (Wolf and Bear) requirements are the same as the WEBELOS requirements. When the Cub Scouts and WEBELOS move into the Supernova Award requirements, then the requirements differ between the ranks. 

Can I, the parent, work on the requirements with my child at home or do we have to find a counselor or mentor?
 
As for the Nova requirements, the Cub Scout or WEBELOS may work on those individually or in a group (like at a class, camp or skill center that may be offered). If they are are working on them individually, a parent may act as their counselor while reporting their progress to a Mentor or the STEM Nova Director/Coordinator. If they are working in a group setting, then the Mentor or Director is usually providing the setting and recording their accomplishments, however parents are most often asked to attend as assisting counselors for the scouts. Once the Cub Scout or WEBELOS has moved past the Nova Award and is working on the Supernova Award, all work has to be done with the approval and guidance of a Supernova Mentor.

Where can I get the materials to start working on the requirements?
 
The Scout Shop provides booklets that cover all of the Nova requirements and you can always purchase a booklet there. Also, there are a limited number of booklets provided for 957 Scouts to check out while they work on the program (8 Cub Scout/WEBELOS booklets, 8 Boy Scout booklets, and 3 Venture booklets). To reserve a booklet for check out, simply email La Donna Hudson in advance, or see her during a Thursday night meeting.
 
As for the worksheets to track progress, you can find the materials in the Resource Center under the STEM folder. Each Nova requirement has its own worksheet to fill out. Once the requirements are completed, present them to a Supernova Mentor or the STEM Coordinator for them to be signed off.

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