On February 16, 2017, Cub Pack 584 in Bothell was honored to present the first Supernova Award earned in Chief Seattle Council to Thorin Freriks, a Bear Cub Scout in Pack 584. Thorin earned the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award by completing adventures, learning about Dr. Alvarez and 3 other famous scientists, visiting with a professional in the STEM industry, learning about the scientific method, and performing a scientific experiment.
One of the joys of Scouting is preparing young Americans to be well-equipped to contribute to the world they will inhabit. That involves ensuring that each Scout has a solid grounding in science, technology, engineering, and math -- otherwise known as STEM. Ten-year employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor show that of the 20 fastest-growing occupations, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation. Improving our youths' STEM skills is great for the workforce, for their careers, and for increasing their curiosity about how the world works.
BSA recognizes this need and supports it via the STEM/Nova program, an initiative to encourage the curiosity of youth and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. There are a variety of Nova modules that Scouts can complete to earn awards, and the granddaddy of them all is the Supernova Award -- involving requirements and activities designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.
Congratulations to Thorin and his family for achieving this significant milestone. Pack 584 already has other Supernova candidates waiting in the wings, and we look forward to seeing their achievements as well!
(pictures courtesy Stewart Wainaina)