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STEM in Scouting

July 25, 2014


STEM Initiatives

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society. In many forums — including political, governmental, and academic — the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.  


To engage our youth members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Boy Scouts of America created new program initiatives emphasizing STEM in the context of the current advancement programs. The BSA STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences, and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is implementing these initiatives.


  1. Make sure you get a copy of the NOVA award book (Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, and Venturing books) for your unit or per youth – sold in the local Scout shop.
  2. Any adult in the unit can help counsel the youth on the NOVA level awards / approved by unit committee, and following Youth Protection Guidelines.
  3. Review the award worksheets:   Cub Scout Math Nova Worksheet | Cub Scout Science Nova Worksheet | Cub Scout Super Nova Worksheet | Webelos Super Nova Worksheet  | Cub Scout Webelos STEM Mapping 2014 | Cub Scout Nova Award 2014.
  4. Recruit an adult to be the Unit STEM Chairman (STEM professional background optional).
  5. Get familiar with the NOVA program resources.
  6. Recruit adults with a STEM background to be Supernova Mentors.  Supernova Mentors need to fill out a mentor application.  Forms must be turned in to the Scout office. 
  7. Find online training for STEM Counselors, Mentors, and for general information.  
  8. Supernova Mentors nearby can be found on the council Merit Badge Directory.
  9. Turn in awards timely at the Scout Shops – Advancement Report form.
  10. Attend roundtable to learn about STEM resources, and be a fan of the MAC Facebook page
  11. Lastly, check out the council calendar and STEM & NOVA web page for cool STEM events taking place around the council. 
Questions?  Contact Michelle Hurt, STEM Staff Advisor, at 402-514-3067.



Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

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