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Welcome to the Coastal Carolina Council STEM/NOVA page.  This page will provide access to critical information you will need to successfully implement a STEM program and the BSA Nova recognition program within your unit.  This information will be updated with the latest information available so check back often to find the newest information.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities.

What is NOVA?

To support the STEM initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts. 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. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be "Prepared. For Life."

For Additional Information


The Nova Awards

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


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.


For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts:

Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts:

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For Boy Scouts:

Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award
Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award

For Venturers:

Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award
Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award


Additional Resources:


Coastal Carolina Council BSA STEM Initiative Facebook Page

BSA Official STEM Site

BSA STEM Resource Site


Important STEM Calendar Dates


      National Mentoring Month


      National Engineers Week (mid February)
      Mathematics Awareness Month (April) 
      Pi Day (March 14th)