Nova Award Patch

Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
for Venturers and Sea Scouts

The Requirements were REVISED effective in 2015.

For the previous requirements, Click here.

Second-Level Supernova Award for Venturers and Sea Scouts.

Option 2: For those who earned the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award as a registered Boy Scout

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 the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award while a registered Boy Scout.
  2. Complete ONE additional Venturer Nova award for a total of four.
    (Note: This may be done at any time after becoming a Venturer.)
    The Venturer Nova award completed should be different from the Boy Scout Nova awards previously completed.
  3. Using the guidelines found in the "Venturing STEM Explorations" chapter, complete FOUR of the topics listed above.
    The four topics must be different from those completed while working on the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award, for a total of eight different topics.
    (Note: These awards may be earned at any time after becoming a Venturer.)
    Additional merit badges earned while a Boy Scout may not be used in lieu of the STEM explorations required for this award.
  4. Complete TWO additional Supernova activity topics, one each in the two STEM areas not completed for the Harris Supernova Award.
    (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, the Venturer will have completed one Supernova activity topic in each of the four STEM areas.)
  5. Participate in a local, state, or national science fair or mathematics competition OR any other equally challenging STEM-oriented competition or workshop approved by your mentor. An example of this would be an X-Prize type competition.
    (Note: The intent is that, upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, the Venturer will have participated in two such events.)
  6. Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova award or other STEM-related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting.
    Be sure to receive permission from the appropriate unit leader.
    If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another youth group.
    (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Wright Brothers Supernova award the Venturer will have completed two such presentations.)
  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.
    Develop your hypothesis on how this invention might further affect our society during your lifetime.
    Present either a 30-minute oral report or a 1,500-word written report to your mentor.
  8. Submit an application to the district or council Nova or advancement committee for approval.
Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.


Page updated on: May 31, 2015

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