Nova Award Patch

Thomas Edison Supernova Award
for Boy Scouts


The requirements listed below are taken from the
Boy Scout  Nova Awards Guidebook (34033 / SKU-614936) 2012 Printing


The following merit badges are approved for use in earning the Boy Scout Supernova awards:

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

Second-Level Supernova Award for Boy Scouts.


  1. Earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award.

  2. Complete ONE additional Boy Scout Nova award for a total of four. (Note: This may be done at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)

  3. Earn FOUR additional Supernova-approved merit badges from the list provided,
    other than the four earned while working on the Harris Supernova Award for a total of eight. (Note: These may be earned at any time after becoming a Boy Scout.)

  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 Edison Supernova Award the Scout 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 Edison Supernova Award, the Scout 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 approval from the appropriate unit leader.
    If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another youth group, such as your troop or at your place of worship.
    (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Edison Supernova Award the Scout 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
    and present your hypothesis on how it 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
Word Format PDF Format

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


Page updated on: October 12, 2013



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