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STEM, Programs and Awards

Patriots' Path Council has begun local implementation of BSA’s STEM Nova program. “STEM” is a rather universal acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Across America various STEM initiatives focus on enhancing STEM education and improving our youth’s competitiveness in areas that are projected to have both employment and interesting challenges that benefit the nation.

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

A Boy  Scout who has earned 3 of the 4 Boy Scout Nova awards may progress to the Supernova Award programs. Consult your unit leaders or the scouting.org website to  obtain details. All of the nature and conservation related merit badges  qualify for use in working on the Supernova Awards.