STEM – Nova – Supernova

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Rich Gomez

STEM Committee Chair
Grand Canyon Council

Grand Canyon Council recognizes that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) touches just about every aspect of our daily life and seeks to provide avenues where our youth and adults can explore and expand their knowledge to become better leaders for tomorrow.

The NOVA Awards program incorporates age appropriate learning for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing/Sea Scouts that includes inspiring activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal of the requirements and activities for these awards is to stimulate interest in STEM-related fields, and show 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 our Scouts.

The Main STEM Website can be found at:

The Nova Awards

There are four Nova award categories in each program; Cub Scouts, Webelos, Scouts BSA, and Venturers /Sea Scouts with a number of different themed awards available in each category. Each category covers one component of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.

Requirements for each Nova Award can be found online at

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout earning additional Nova awards will be recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch.

Other STEM Related Organization Resources

There are all sorts of STEM and STEAM related websites and organizations that offer great programming and knowledge bases. Please explore and have fun with your scouts in discovering STEM/STEAM (the A is for Art just in case anyone is wondering).
FIRST Robotics Websites
VEX Robotics Websites

STEM Related Events or Special Interest Opportunities

Events and STEM Activities:
Volunteer (SERVICE) Opportunities:

Nova Mentor/Counselor

With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. All Counselors or Mentors must be adult age 21 or older. This position is a non-unit position and no fee is required.

Nova Counselor (Code 58) are approved by Council following submission of BSA Application

Supernova Mentor (Code 52) is a subject matter expert position in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields and applicants must be registered under the Supernova Mentor position code 52. In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.

All Nova counselors and Supernova mentors must have current Youth Protection.

Upcoming STEM Events