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  • Prepared. For Life. ® – Prepared. For Adventure. – Prepared. For Leadership. – Prepared. For Service. – Prepared. For Learning.Boy ScoutingNova AwardsRobert GrupeScoutParents CoordinatorChesterfield Missouri Troop 8482013-04-03tags :: BSA, Boy Scouts, STEM, Nova 1
  • Why Merit Badges ?• Advancement Requirements• Just for the Fun of it!• College and Scholarship Applications• School Extra Credit• Vocation / Career Exploration• Personal Learning Enrichment• Father-Son & Family Quality Time 2
  • Senior Ranks Advancement• Star – 6 merit badges (4 from Eagle list) – Service Project: 6 hours – 4 months leadership position• Life – 11 merit badges (5 new, 3 from Eagle list) – Service Project: 6 hours – 6 months leadership• Eagle – 21 merit badges (10 new, 12 in total from Eagle list) – 6 months leadership – Service Project: plan and lead 3
  • Merit Badges :: Leveraging Other Activities• School Work – Assignments – Extra credit assignments – Academic competitions (science, writing,…)• Extracurricular – Music: Band, Sports – Sports – Clubs: Theater, Debate• Summer Camps / Fitness Clubs – BSA – Non-BSA• Family Vacations & Trips 4
  • Nova & Supernova Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)• STEM Nova Awards – Science: Archery3, Robotics, Astronomy3, Shotgun Shooting3, Athletics, Space Exploration3, Aviation, Weather, Rifle Shooting3 – Technology: Automotive Maintenance, Farm Mechanics, Aviation, Motor Boating, Canoeing+3, Nuclear Science, Cycling*+, Railroading, Drafting, Small-Boat Sailing+, Electricity, Space Exploration, Energy, Truck Transportation – Engineering: Archery, Inventing, Aviation, Model Design and Building, Composite Materials, Railroading, Drafting, Rifle Shooting3, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Shotgun Shooting3 – Math: American Business, Orienteering+3, Chess, Personal Management*, Computers, Radio, Drafting, Surveying, Entrepreneurship, Weather * Eagle Requirements Merit Badge + Outdoor Award Merit Badges 3 Summer Camp Merit Badges   5
  • Nova Shoot! Award :: Science 1/2• Complete one merit badge from the following list (not already used toward another Nova award.) After completion, discuss with your counselor how the merit badge you earned uses science. – Archery Robotics: Astronomy, Shotgun Shooting, Athletics, Space Exploration, Aviation, Weather, Rifle Shooting• Watch, read, or do a combination of watching and reading about three hours total of science-related shows or documentaries that involve projectiles, aviation, weather, astronomy, or space technology. – Then make a list of at least five questions or ideas from the show(s) you watched. – Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.• Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life.• Choose one – Simulations. Find and use a projectile simulation applet on the Internet (with your parent’s or guardian’s permission). Then design and complete a hands-on experiment to demonstrate projectile motion. • (1) Keep a record of the angle, time, and distance. • (2) Graph the results of your experiment. • (3) Discuss with your counselor: (a) What a projectile is, (b) What projectile motion is, (c) The factors affecting the path of a projectile, (d) The difference between forward velocity and acceleration due to gravity. – Discover. Explain to your counselor the difference between escape velocity (not the game), orbital velocity, and terminal velocity. Then answer TWO of the following questions. (With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, you may wish to explore websites to find this information.) • (1) Why are satellites usually launched toward the east, and what is a launch window? • (2) What is the average terminal velocity of a skydiver? (What is the fastest you would go if you were to jump out of an airplane?) • (3) How fast does a bullet, baseball, airplane, or rocket have to travel in order to escape Earth’s gravitational field? (What is Earth’s escape velocity?) 6
  • Shoot! :: Science 2/2• Choose one: – Visit an observatory or a flight, aviation, or space museum. • (1) During your visit, talk to a docent or person in charge about a science topic related to the site. • (2) Discuss your visit with your counselor. – Discover the latitude and longitude coordinates of your current position. Then do the following: • (1) Find out what time a satellite will pass over your area. (A good resource to find the times for satellite passes is the Heavens Above website at www.heavens-above.com.) • (2) Watch the satellite using binoculars. Record the time of your viewing, the weather conditions, how long the satellite was visible, and the path of the satellite. Then discuss your viewing with your counselor.• Choose one: – Design and build a catapult that will launch a marshmallow a distance of 4 feet. Then do the following: • (1) Keep track of your experimental data for every attempt. Include the angle of launch and the distance projected. • (2) Make sure you apply the same force each time, perhaps by using a weight to launch the marshmallow. Discuss your design, data, and experiments—both successes and failures—with your counselor. – Design a pitching machine that will lob a softball into the strike zone. Answer the following questions, and discuss your design, data, and experiments—both successes and failures—with your counselor. • (1) At what angle and velocity will your machine need to eject the softball in order for the ball to travel through the strike zone from the pitcher’s mound? • (2) How much force will you need to apply in order to power the ball to the plate? • (3) If you were to use a power supply for your machine, what power source would you choose and why? – Design and build a marble run or roller coaster that includes an empty space where the marble has to jump from one part of the chute to the other. Do the following, then discuss your design, data, and experiments—both successes and failures—with your counselor. • (1) Keep track of your experimental data for every attempt. Include the vertical angle between the two parts of the chute and the horizontal distance between the two parts of the chute. • (2) Experiment with different starting heights for the marble. How do the starting heights affect the velocity of the marble? How does a higher starting height affect the jump distance? 7
  • Nova Start Your Engines! Award :: Technology 1/2• Complete one merit badge from the following list (not already used toward another Nova award.) After completion, discuss with your counselor how the merit badge you earned uses science. – Automotive Maintenance, Farm Mechanics, Aviation, Motor Boating, Canoeing, Nuclear Science, Cycling*, Railroading, Drafting, Small-Boat Sailing, Electricity, Space Exploration, Energy, Truck Transportation• Watch, read, or do a combination of watching and reading about three hours total of transportation or transportation technology. – Then make a list of at least five questions or ideas from the show(s) you watched. – Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.• Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life.• Do ALL of the following. – A. Using the requirements from the above list of merit badges: • (1) Tell your counselor the energy source(s) used in these merit badges. • (2) Discuss the pros and cons of each energy source with your counselor. – B. Make a list of sources of energy that may be possible to use in transportation. – C. With your counselor: • (1) Discuss alternative sources of energy. • (2) Discuss the pros and cons of using alternative energy sources. 8
  • Start Your Engines! :: Technology 2/2• Design and build a working model vehicle (not from a kit). – A. Make drawings and specifications of your model vehicle before you begin to build. – B. Include one of the following energy sources to power your vehicle (do not use gasoline or other combustible fuel source): solar power, wind power, or battery power. – C. Test your model. Then answer the following questions: • (1) How well did it perform? • (2) Did it move as well as you thought it would? • (3) Did you encounter problems? How can these problems be corrected? – D. Discuss with your counselor: • (1) Any difficulties you encountered in designing and • building your model • (2) Why you chose a particular energy source • (3) Whether your model met your specifications • (4) How you would modify your design to make it better 9
  • Nova Whoosh! Award :: Engineering 1/2• Complete one merit badge from the following list (not already used toward another Nova award.) After completion, discuss with your counselor how the merit badge you earned uses science. – Archery, Inventing, Aviation, Model Design and Building, Composite Materials, Railroading, Drafting, Rifle Shooting, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Shotgun Shooting• Watch, read, or do a combination of watching and reading about three hours total of engineering-related shows or documentaries that involve motion or motion- inspired technology. – Then make a list of at least five questions or ideas from the show(s) you watched. – Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.• Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life. 10
  • Whoosh! :: Engineering 2/2• Do ALL of the following. – A. Make a list or drawing of the six simple machines. – B. Be able to tell your counselor the name of each machine and how each machine works. – C. Discuss the following with your counselor: • (1) The simple machines that were involved with the motion in your chosen merit badge (Hint: Look at the moving parts of an engine to find simple machines.) • (2) The energy source causing the motion for the subject of your merit badge • (3) What you learned about motion from earning your merit badge• Choose A or B and complete ALL the requirements. – A. Visit an amusement park. Then discuss the following with your counselor: • (1) The simple machines present in at least two of the rides • (2) The forces involved in the motion of any two rides – B. Visit a playground. Then discuss the following with your counselor: • (1) The simple machines present in the playground equipment • (2) The forces involved in the motion of any two playground fixtures• Do the following: – A. On your own, design one of the following and include a drawing or sketch: an amusement park ride OR a playground fixture OR a method of transportation. – B. Discuss with your counselor: • (1) The simple machines present in your design • (2) The energy source powering the motion of your creation 11
  • Nova Designed to Crunch Award :: Math 1/2• Complete one merit badge from the following list (not already used toward another Nova award.) After completion, discuss with your counselor how the merit badge you earned uses math. – American Business, Orienteering, Chess, Personal Management*, Computers, Radio, Drafting, Surveying, Entrepreneurship, Weather• Watch, read, or do a combination of watching and reading about three hours total of or documentaries that involve scientific models and modeling, physics, sports equipment design, bridge building, or cryptography. – Then make a list of at least five questions or ideas from the show(s) you watched. – Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.• Discuss with your counselor how science affects your everyday life. 12
  • Designed to Crunch :: Math 2/2• Choose TWO from A or B or C or D or E – A. Calculate your horsepower when you run up a flight of stairs. How does your horsepower compare to the power of a horse/your favorite car? – B. Attend at least two track, cross country, or swim meets. Calculate the average speed of the racers you timed. And compare the average speeds. – C. Attend a soccer, baseball, softball, or basketball game. Then choose two players and calculate their statistics. – D. Attend a football game or watch one on TV. Calculate your team’s statistics. – E. Do a star count on five clear nights at the same time each night and report your results on NASA’s Student Observation Network website and see how your data compares to others.• Do ALL of the following: – A. Investigate your calculator and explore the different functions. – B. Discuss the functions, abilities, and limitations of your calculator with your counselor. 13
  • Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award• 1. Complete any three of the Boy Scout Nova awards.• 2. Earn the Scholarship merit badge.• 3. Earn four of the Supernova approved merit badges.• 4. Complete TWO Supernova activity topics, one each in two different STEM areas. – Part 1 involves research, preparation, set up, coordination, and/or organization. – Part 2 involves analysis and reflection, culminating in the creation of a report in any one of the available format options.• 5. Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR in any equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop.• 6. Do ONE of the following: – A. Spend at least one day “shadowing” a local scientist or engineer and report on your experience – B. Learn about a career that is heavily involved with STEM.• 7. Present a Nova award or other STEM related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting.• 8. Review the scientific method and note how scientists establish hypotheses, theories, and laws. – A. Choose a modern scientific subject with at least two competing theories on the subject and learn as much as possible about each theory. – B. Analyze the competing theories, decide which one is most convincing to you, and explain why to your mentor. – C. Make a presentation to your mentor that describes the controversy, the competing theories, and your conclusions about how the scientific method can or cannot contribute to the resolution of the controversy. 14
  • Thomas Edison Supernova Award• 1. Earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award.• 2. Complete ONE additional Boy Scout Nova award for a total of four. 3. Earn FOUR additional Supernova-approved merit badges• 4. Complete TWO additional Supernova activity topics, one each in the two STEM areas NOT completed for the Harris Supernova Award.• 5. Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR any other equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop.• 6. Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova award or other STEM related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting.• 7. Research a scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical breakthrough or invention of the past 100 years that has affected our society in a meaningful way and present your hypothesis on how it might further affect our society during your lifetime. Present either a 30-minute oral report or a 1,500-word written report. 15
  • 2013 Summer Camp Nova Merit Badges @ Missouri S bar F Scout Ranch• Science – Archery, Astronomy, Shotgun Shooting, Space Exploration, Rifle Shooting• Technology – Canoeing, Cycling, Small-Boat Sailing, Space Exploration,• Engineering – Archery, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting• Math – Orienteering 16
  • 2013 Summer Camp STEM Week @ Beaumont Scout Reservation• July 28-August 3, 2013• STEM -based merit badges, NOVA awards, competitions, demos, and tons more hands-on stuff at this unique Scout week.• 210 spots available• $240 per Scout, $85 per adult leaders• Registration (opens 4/5/13) @ http://stemboyscoutsummercampweek.kintera.org• More STEM info @ http://stem.stlbsa.org/ 17
  • Troop 848 STEM Merit Badge Counselors• Personal Management: McDonald, Michael• Cycling: Davis, John• Orienteering: Bezeau, Kenneth• American Business: Nalbandian, Zaven• Aviation, Space Exploration: Kammeyer, Mark• Computers: Romine, Robert• Entrepreneurship: Fabella, Virgilio• Robotics, Energy, Engineering, and Inventing: Grupe, Robert• Merit Badges, Nova & Supernova Coordinator: Grupe, Robert 18