STEM in Scouting

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Download the MCC STEM Impact Statement Here

Download the MCC 2017 STEM Annual Report Here

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM has been an important buzzword in the education world for quite some time. It should come as no surprise to anyone that our nation is lagging behind in STEM areas. The good news is that the Boy Scouts of America has always incorporated STEM elements into its program. The great news is that in the last few years, the BSA has added new STEM elements to the program, such as robotics and geocaching, and recently has launched a new program of STEM awards for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.


The MCC Certified STEM Unit Program 

Click here to get all of the details and start your Unit’s progress toward becoming a Certified STEM Unit.


Nova and Supernova Awards

Engage Scout in STEM by pursuing the Nova and Supernova Awards programs! The Nova and Supernova Awards programs incorporates learning with exciting activities and exposure to STEM for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks available in the council Scout Shops. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards).

STEM Nova Program

Every Scout can earn these awards!

We have put together the resources your Pack, Troop, Team, Crew and Post will need to provide the Nova Award Program to your Scouts.

Fast Start Orientation for All Leaders – BSA’s STEM Initiative
Nova Mentor Information
Nova Mentor Application

There is a corresponding Advancement/Tracking Form for every NOVA Award.  When a Scout begins a module, they should use the form to track their progress through the requirements, have their Leader/Mentor sign it when completed, and submit to the Advancement Committee in their Pack/Troop/Team/Crew/Post/Ship to be awarded the appropriate patch or pin.  The FIRST time a Scout completes a NOVA award section, they will earn the NOVA Patch (shown below).  Each subsequent module completed will earn them a Pi pin (also shown below).  SuperNova Award information may be found further down the page.

Cub Scout Nova Award Tracking Forms


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/Bear Cubs: Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award  | For Webelos:  Dr. Charles Townes 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

Supernova Award Tracking Forms (For information use only. These will give you an overview of the award and the requirements for each.)

Stem Program Partners in Michigan

Click here to find our Michigan STEM Partners and the Scouting Programs they offer.

From the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, we are  fortunate to have the
BEST Science Centers, Museums, and venues right here in Michigan, and they are going above and beyond to offer Cub Scout Advancement, Boy Scout Advancement, Cub Adventures, Merit Badges, Workshops and Science days for your Scouts.

Online Resources


Calendar of STEM Events