NOVA Workshop

NOVABUSTERS 

Troop 620 NOVA Workshop – Shoot! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018 

St.  Mary Nativity School Gym 17 Gilmore Street Uniontown, PA  15401 
 
STEM NOVA awards offered: • Shoot! (Science) 
 
The Shoot! NOVA award will require the completion of prerequisite requirements prior to the day of the event.  Information on these prerequisites can be found in Table 1 below. 
 
Schedule: 9:30 am Registration & then Program Begins; 12:00 pm Lunch is provided; 2:30 pm Program ends 
 
Registration Cost:  $0.00 
 
Notice:  One adult is required for every 8 Scouts participating from the same unit.  Any adults interested in helping out, please feel free to ask as long as you have appropriate clearances in place. 
 
   
Please Register By Thursday, February 15. 
The table below lists the prerequisite requirement(s) that each Scout must complete before the day of the event in order to earn the Shoot! NOVA Award.   
 
Table 1:  List Of Pre-Requisites 
  
More information about the Boy Scout NOVA Awards can be found here: https://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx 
 
To register, please Email Mike at NOVABUSTERS@yahoo.com and provide the following information: 
 
Your name, Email address, phone number, unit number, your son’s name and age. Also please indicate if you are able to stay and help with the event as an adult assistant leaderTraining provided on-site. 
 
Shoot! NOVA Award: 
 
Requirement #1 of the Shoot! NOVA Award asks a Scout to watch three hours of video programs or to read material found in appropriate magazines.  Some examples of video programs include—but are not limited to—shows found on PBS ("NOVA"), Discovery Channel, Science Channel, National Geographic Channel, TED Talks (online videos), and the History Channel.  A Scout may choose to watch a live performance or movie at a planetarium or science museum instead of watching a media production.  A Scout may watch online productions with the counselor’s approval and under supervision of a parent.  For the reading, examples of magazines include—but are not limited to— Odyssey, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Science Illustrated, Discover, Air & Space, Popular Astronomy, Astronomy, Science News, Sky & Telescope, Natural History, Robot, Servo, Nuts and Volts, and Scientific American. 
 
Requirement #2 of the Shoot! NOVA award asks a Scout to earn one of the following merit badges: Archery, Astronomy, Athletics, Aviation, Rifle Shooting, Robotics, Shotgun Shooting, Space Exploration, or Weather.  Scouts who bring documentation showing previous completion of one of these merit badges will be signed off as completing this requirement.  Scouts who have not earned one of these merit badges can still be signed off for completing a number of the other requirements for the NOVA award. 
 
Requirements #4B and #6 are self-explanatory.   
Award Pre-Requisites 
Shoot! NOVA Award 1, 2 (see note below), 4B, 6 
Frequently Asked Questions 
 
 
Where / how do I register? 
 
To register, please Email Mike at NOVABUSTERS@yahoo.com and provide the following information: 
 
Your name, Email address, phone number, unit number, your son’s name and age. 
 
Also please indicate if you are able to stay and help with the event as an adult assistant leader. 
 

*Can I register after the deadline or on the day of the event? 

Yes!  Pre-registration is preferred, but we will be glad to accommodate last minute attendees. 

*Why is there a requirement for one adult for every 8 boys coming from one troop? 

Scouting places the utmost importance on the safety of participating boys.  Troop 620 is not in a position to provide enough staff to allow for the possibility of an unexpected situation, and there is the additional complication that the staff is not familiar with participating Scouts and is not in a position to take legal responsibility if necessary.  Having one adult present for every eight boys from a single troop ensures that someone familiar with the youth participants and who knows how to contact other parents is on site during the day. 
 
Adults are free to observe the Scouts as they participate in activities. 
 

*What if the pre-requisites are not completed? 

 If the pre-requisites are not completed, activities 3A and 5A will still be signed off as complete at the workshop.  Any remaining requirements must be completed and signed off by an adult leader. 
  
Questions about the event can be directed to Mike at NOVABUSTERS@yahoo.com or by phone at (724) 812-6191