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June 24, 2014 > Cub Scouts achieve highest STEM award

Cub Scouts achieve highest STEM award

Submitted By Gretchen Mora

On Saturday, June 7, four young men of Cub Scout Pack 112 were awarded the prestigious Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for advanced study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related topics.

The award was presented to Andrew Macy, Joseph Morgan, Jaxon Orluck and Ryder Orluck during the annual bridging ceremony of Pack 112 Cub Scouts, marking the end of the school year. The four boys, all under age 10, completed rigorous requirements similar to a merit badge with their Supernova Mentor, Sue Cole. They are the first scouts to receive a Supernova Award in the Mission Peak District (which includes Fremont, Newark and Union City) and within the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Supernova Award requires the scouts to earn five academic pins, research famous scientists and learn about their innovations, speak with a teacher, den leader and STEM professional about the importance of science and math in daily life and their careers, design and execute a scientific experiment and report on it, and participate in a STEM activity with their Cub Scout Den or Pack, or a Boy Scout Troop.

The Cub Scout Supernova Award is a beautiful medal named after Dr. Luis W. Alvarez, an American experimental physicist, inventor, and professor who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968.

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