May 25, 2021

New Sewickley, Pennsylvania:  The Scouting America developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be.

During a Blue and Gold Recognition Banquet, 10 Cub Scouts from Pack 444 in New Sewickley were recognized for their achievements and awarded The Cub Scout Supernova Award.

Cooper Brien, Gregory Kline, Tristen Calvin, Zachary Christman, Wyatt Miller, Austin Martin, and Hunter Graham received the Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award. Izabella Brien, Bethany Christman, and Cara Hollenberger received the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award. Each of these young Scouts not only achieved something most Cub Scouts have not even attempted, but they were all able to overcome the challenges required to earn such an award during a global pandemic.

The Cub Scout Supernova award recognizes superior achievement by a Cub Scout in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects are conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.

STEM is part of an initiative the BSA has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the STEM Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Fostering a strong STEM education is our best opportunity to boost the spirit of innovation. It’s what we need to help ensure this country continues on a prosperous and secure journey. STEM literacy is also critical because it has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. Nature, space exploration, and any STEM-related interest reveal the beauty and power of the world we inhabit.

More information on the Laurel Highlands Council, Beaver Valley District can be found at www.lhcscouting.orgor by contacting Brian Beach, District Executive at or 412-325-7966.

Scouting America, Laurel Highlands Council, has been the foremost youth-serving organization in our community that develops character, citizenship, and fitness. For over 110 years, it has been our mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Laurel Highlands Council serves nearly 10,000 youth members and 4,000 volunteer adult leaders throughout its multi-state footprint serving Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and parts of West Virginia, making it one of the largest councils in the Scouting America

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