Nova Award Patch

Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award
for Venturers and Sea Scouts

The Requirements were ISSUED effective in 2012.

Third-Level Supernova Award for Venturers and Sea Scouts.

You must be a Venturer (or Sea Scout) 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).

A Note to the Mentor

The Venturer Supernova awards recognize superior achievement by a Venturer in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.

These STEM exploration topics are approved for earning the Venturer Supernova awards:

Animal Science Chemistry Energy Geocaching Nuclear Science Scuba Diving
Archaeology Composite Materials Engineering Geology Oceanography Soil and Water Conservation
Architecture Computers Environmental Science Insect Study Plant Science Space Exploration
Astronomy Dentistry Farm Mechanics Inventing Pulp and Paper Surveying
Automotive Maintenance Drafting Fish and Wildlife Management Mammal Study Radio Veterinary Medicine
Aviation Electricity Forestry Medicine Reptile and Amphibian Study Weather
Bird Study Electronics Gardening Nature Robotics Welding


  1. Earn either the Thomas Edison Supernova Award while a registered Boy Scout or the Wright Brothers Supernova Award while a registered Venturer.
  2. Complete FOUR additional Supernova activity topics, one in each of the four different STEM areas.
    (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Award the Venturer will have completed
    two Supernova activity topics in each of the four STEM areas for a total of eight.)
  3. Create and propose a new Nova awards topic for any program (Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scouts, or Venturing)
    comparable to the existing Nova awards topics at that program level.
    Prepare a written outline for this proposed Nova awards topic and submit it to your mentor.
  4. With guidance from your mentor, select an area of current STEM-related concern and develop a research project or experiment related to that area.
    This research project or experiment should be challenging and should require a significant investment of time and effort on your part.
    (A guideline would be approximately 100 hours.)
    If your mentor is not a specialist in the area of your project or experiment, he or she will solicit assistance from a specialist who to serve as a STEM consultant.
    Execute the project or experiment. Prepare a complete and well-documented written report AND an oral presentation.
    Present both to your mentor and your local council Nova committee.
  5. Submit an application to the national Nova committee for approval.
Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.


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