Event Information


NOVA: Whoosh!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Eastern Daylight Time
Registration for this event has ended
This is a Scouts BSA activity. This particular class is not for Cub Scouts.

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5/5/2020 (Tue) 9:00 AM
Eastern Daylight Time
5/6/2020 (Wed) 9:00 AM
Eastern Daylight Time

Here's the info to add to the NOVA: Whoosh registration page:

Taking this class involves accessing 2 Zoom teleconference calls either on a computer or via phone on Tuesday May 12th and Friday, May 15th both from 3:30pm-4:30pm. 

Please see the Resource tab for the NOVA: Whoosh! worksheet, Experiment Data Sheet, and Blue Card. 

The NOVA Program is designed to get Scouts excited to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. These awards are meant to encourage active participation and are best suited for smaller groups to give every Scout a chance to participate through demonstration and discussion. Considerable work outside of the 2 Zoom meetings will be required for the completion of this award.  Tuesday's meeting will provide an introduction and overview of the requirements, initial discussions, and instructions for Friday's meeting, which will include each Scout sharing their designs and/or models for Requirement #5.

Blue Card: Please complete your information on the Blue card and forward to a Unit Leader for approval. They can digitally sign the card or send me an email with their approval for you to work on this award.

Requirement #1 of this award is for the Scouts to watch (or read) 3 hours about motion or motion-inspired technology and come up with at least 2 questions or ideas from each show/book/article that they watched or read. A suggested YouTube playlist will be provided by the NOVA counselor.

Requirement #2 requires the completion of a merit badge from the approved list. If a Scout has not earned one of these merit badges previously, they can still participate; however, they will not complete this award until one of the merit badges has been earned as well. 

Requirement #4 has a field trip component. If your Scout has previously visited an amusement park or playground since they have been registered in Scouts BSA, then they can share their visit to complete this requirement. If they have NOT visited one of those locations, the other option is a virtual tour and the NOVA Counselor will provide some suggestions.   

Requirement #5 involves the Scout designing their own amusement park ride OR playground fixture OR method of transportation. They are welcome to make a model using supplies and materials from around the house. 

Parents should be available during this time to assist if needed and to be in alignment with the BSA's Youth Protection and Cyber Chip Policies.  

NOTE: The virtual NOVA classes have become extremely popular and the class size has been kept small to ensure that all the Scouts can actively participate. If you find that you are not going to be able to make the 2 sessions, please let us know ASAP, as we will give your spot to another Scout on the waitlist. If you are a No Show to the sessions and did not reach out to either Frank Burdsall, Michelle Byrne, or Nicole Kuzmin-Nichols; you will be placed at the end of the waitlist for future NOVA programs. Thank you for your understanding about this expectation.