You must be a Venturer to earn a Venturer Supernova award. With your parent’s and unit leader’s help, you must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).
Second-Level Supernova Award for Venturers
Option 1: For those who earned the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award as a registered Venturer
- Earn the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award while a registered Venturer.
- Complete ONE additional Venturer Nova award for a total of four. (Note: This may be done at any time after becoming a Venturer.)
- Using the guidelines found in the “Venturing STEM Explorations” chapter, complete FOUR of the topics listed above. The four topics must be different from those completed while working on the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award, for a total of eight different topics. (Note: These awards may be earned at any time after becoming a Venturer.)
- Complete TWO additional Supernova activity topics from the list at the bottom of this page, one each in the two STEM areas not completed for the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, the Venturer will have completed one Supernova activity topic in each of the four STEM areas.)
- Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR any other equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop approved by your mentor. An example of this would be an X-Prize type competition. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, the Venturer will have participated in two such events.)
- Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova awards or other STEM-related program at a Cub Scout den or pack meeting. Be sure to receive permission from the appropriate unit leader. If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another group. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, the Venturer will have completed two such presentations.)
- Research a scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical breakthrough or invention of the past 100 years that has affected our society in a meaningful way. Develop your hypothesis on how this invention might further affect our society during your lifetime. Present either a 30-minute oral report or a 1,500-word written report to your mentor.
- Submit Supernova Application to the council STEM Committee for approval by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Supernova Award workbook (found here if earned Bernard Harris award as a Boy Scout or here if earned Dr. Sally Ride award as a Venturer) should be attached to the application. If the applicant does not want to use the workbook, other evidence of completion of the above requirements should be attached to the application.
These STEM exploration topics are approved for earning the Venturer Supernova awards: Animal Science, Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Automotive Maintenance, Aviation, Bird Study, Chemistry, Composite Materials, Computers, Dentistry, Drafting, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Farm Mechanics, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Gardening, Geocaching, Geology, Insect Study, Inventing, Mammal Study, Medicine, Nature, Nuclear Science, Oceanography, Plant Science, Pulp and Paper, Radio, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Robotics, Scuba Diving, Soil and Water Conservation, Space Exploration, Surveying, Veterinary Medicine, Weather, Welding.