Welcome to the GGAC STEM Page

Welcome to the Golden Gate Area Council’s STEM page.  This subdomain is meant to be a resource for any and all Nova Counselors, Supernova Mentors, Unit Leaders, and anyone interested in the BSA’s STEM program.  The Requirements Help Page has sortable tables for all the STEM Adventures, Merit Badges, and Venturer Fields of Interest. The Supernova Guidance Page has valuable information for Supernova Mentors and candidates for completing the Supernova Application for all program levels.  The Requirements Menu has links to the current Nova and Supernova requirements pages.  The STEM Resources Menu has additional links for Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors, a list of the Council’s STEM in a Box offerings, Local STEM activities, and additional resources from National.  There’s lots of information on these pages, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the GGAC STEM Committee Chair, Michael McDowell

The GGAC STEM Committee is always on the lookout for Scouters that are passionate about STEM. Please join us at our monthly Committee meetings. For information about joining in on the fun, contact Michael McDowell or Alan Young.

Upcoming STEM Events...

ATTENTION: Webelos & Arrow of Light Scouts

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova 2020

Starting on September 14th, 2020, Webelos and AOLs can join the GGAC’s STEM Committee for a 7-session Virtual event all about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while earning Cub Scouting’s highest STEM Award, the Dr. Charles H. Townes SUPERNOVA. During this 7-week program, scouts will work with a mentor to explore different areas of STEM, building a circuit with Scouts BSA, attend a geological hike and see how science, technology, engineering and math affect their daily lives. With the potential exception of one or two activities, this program will be delivered virtually.

Registration is open with two sessions of 15 Scouts each. This program is limited to Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts. The sessions will both be on Monday evenings with one at 6:30 pm and one at 7:30 pm. The cost for the entire program will be $50 (subject to change).

If you have any questions, please contact Ariel Karahalios or Michael McDowell.

Nova Awards during the COVID-19 SIP order

During this unprecedented (in our life times, at least) Shelter in Place Order, the GGAC STEM Committee is encouraging leaders and youth to participate in any of the many on-line programs being offered across the country. With around 300 or so Councils, it is hard to keep up with all the different offerings out there. There are some ideas below.  Many of these offerings are up on Facebook. Feel free to email me (Michael McDowell) with different Councils that are offering online programs and I will post them here.

In all cases, please be vigilant on Youth Protection.

Online Program Offerings

  • National Capital Area Council (Facebook)
  • Techlab Austin (Facebook)
  • Three Fires Council (Facebook)

The GGAC STEM Committee is working on offering a virtual program this summer. Please stay tuned.


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