Saint Peters— November 17, 2020 — On Friday, November 20th, the BSA Scouting Program is honoring 18 scouts from the St. Peters area for earning the BSA Supernova Award.
9 members of Troop 858, chartered by the Progress South Elementary PTO, decided to earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award during the stay-at-home order this past Spring. “I heard the idea of a Scout Troop getting Supernova when everybody’s inside and doing nothing. This Troop is doing something during a pandemic. I thought, OK that sounds like fun,” says Samuel Halloran, 7th grader at Fort Zumwalt South Middle School.
“Some of the things I had to do to earn Supernova were to earn 4 STEM merit badges, earn the Scholarship merit badge, watch educational videos, make a model car with an energy source, grow plants, learn about farming, do a coke and mentos experiment to learn about chemical interactions, do a science fair project, and teach a STEM class to a group of Cub Scouts. I plan to be a teacher one day, and anything I do now like this helps a lot to prepare me,” says Milo Cravens, 12th grader at Fort Zumwalt East High School. Cravens is currently completing his Eagle project and hopes to become an Eagle Scout later this year.
“My favorite part was taking apart a bike and learning gear mechanisms of how a bike works. I thought it was really interesting. I’ve been interested in cars and robotics, so I’ve known about gear ratios before, but I didn’t have any practical experience. That was really helpful because it gave me an opportunity to take something that I used in my everyday life and get a better understanding of it,” says Yash Chigurupati, 11th grader at CBC High School.
In order to earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award, these middle and high school students had to teach STEM classes to younger scouts. They used Facebook to invite local Cub Scouts from Pack 858 at Progress South Elementary and Pack 961 at Hawthorn Elementary to attend virtual STEM Classes. Each of the 9 older scouts taught a different class to the Cub Scouts. 9 Cub Scouts in 1st and 2nd grades completed the program, and thereby earned the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for Cub Scouts. These cub scouts are also being honored for their achievements.
“My favorite part of Supernova was working with the older scouts in Troop 858. They worked with us on a science fair project, cooking some meals, building a rube goldberg machine, meeting with a meteorologist, learning architecture, making a flyer, and learning about famous scientists. It was a lot of fun,” says Mae Calder, now a 3rd grader at Progress South Elementary.
“The hardest part of earning my Supernova Award was just getting motivated. I had to stop playing video games and learn a lot. But it helps to have people supporting you. I’m definitely glad that I did it,” says Caiah Stull, 9th grader at Fort Zumwalt High School.
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