What is STEM?

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Recent uses of this term sometimes add an 'A' to make STEAM, adding Art, as is often a component of these disciplines within the Maker community.

What does STEM have to do with Scouting?

Since the early days of Scouting, the Merit Badge Program has included badges related to STEM disciplines and general scholarship. Many boys and girls introduced to STEM disciplines through Scouting have gone on to careers in STEM disciplines and pursued hobbies as citizen scientists, such as participating in the Audubon Society's annual bird count.

What is Nova?

BSA has developed the Nova Awards program "to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge."

How can I support the Nova Program?

Adults may register as Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors as detailed on the Volunteer Support page.

Where do I obtain a list of registered Nova Counselors?

Contact your District Merit Badge Coordinator for assistance.

Where do I obtain a list of registered Supernova Mentors?

Contact the Council's STEM/Nova Chair for assistance.

Where can I get help?

Please contact the STEM/Nova Chair or the Commissioner Team for assistance.

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