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November Supernova Activity Day: ENGINEERING

LA Lone Scouts

Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

November Supernova Activity Day: ENGINEERING

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Supernova Award Requirement #4: Complete TWO Supernova Activity Topics, one each in two different STEM areas.

A Supernova activity topic is a two-part, hands-on, high-level activity related to one of the STEM fields.

  • Part 1 involves research, preparation, set up, coordination, and/or organization.
  • Part 2 involves analysis and reflection, culminating in the creation of a report in any one of the available format options. 
    • Oral report
    • Written report
    • Poster presentation
    • Virtual poster (See for ideas.)
    • Video production
    • Multifaceted format
    • Any format of your own design, with your mentor’s advance approval


We will be participating in each of these Supernova activity topics in 2019.


We will be participating in each of these Supernova activity topics in 2020.


Scouts can use /duplicate ONE or more of these Supernova Activities to meet Requirement #6 at a later date convenient to Scout + Cub Pack/Cub Den/Youth Group. 

Supernova Requirement #6: Working with your mentor, organize and present a Nova award or other STEM-related program to a Cub Scout den or pack meeting. Be sure to received approval from the appropriate unit leader. If a Cub Scout den or pack is not available, your presentation may be given to another youth group, such as your troop or at your place of worship.



This is a group activity and requires Scouts to design a container in which to place a raw egg, so that when the container with the egg is dropped, the egg survives the impact without breaking.

Part 1: Research, Design, and Contest Set-Up

Research and describe to your mentor:

  1. The physical forces affecting the outcome of an egg drop test
  2. Desirable characteristics of container materials
  3. Rules for other egg drop contests. (With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, search online.)
  4. As a group, come to a consensus about the constraints and rules for your egg drop contest. Adopt, adapt, or make up your own rules. You might want to break into divisions, each with its own rules. (Youth with stronger STEM backgrounds should adopt more challenging constraints and rules.) Here are some guidelines. You must:
    1. Agree on constraints that the egg container must meet, such as dimensions, weight, allowable materials, disallowed elements, and so on.
    2. Agree on rules to ensure fairness, such as judging decisions, conditions for elimination, scoring system, how to win, and so on. You may wish to have several different ways to win.
    3. Communicate the constraints and competition rules to all participants.
    4. Design and build your container.
    5. Have fun—conduct the contest!

Part 2: Analysis, Redesign, and Report

Analyze how your container performed, and discuss with your mentor your design strategy and how well the container you designed performed. Then do the following:

  1. Given your container’s performance, your knowledge of the physical forces acting on it during a test drop, and your observations of other participants’ containers and results, redesign your container. Your redesigned container should still fit within the contest constraints but offer improved performance.
  2. Consider whether you would alter the constraints, how, and why. Create a report that communicates your understanding of the experience and addresses the following points.
    1. Describe your original egg container, your original design strategy, and your analysis of its performance.
    2. Describe your redesigned container and the reasoning that led to your new model.



  • Check In
  • Part One - Research + Design + Egg Drop Contest with CA Science Center Educator
  • Lunch
  • Part Two - Analysis + Redesign + Report (Oral/Written Format only)
  • IMAX Movie + Snack
  • Check Out



1) Supernova Activity Days are open to Scouts from ANY council/troop, regardless of gender, in Grades 6-12 for the current school year, unless otherwise stated.

2) Sign Up Scout - per their Rank as of 11/01/2019.

3) Sign Up Scout using Scouts First-and-Last-Name with Parent’s email address - one scout at a time,

4) Parking and travel from wherever you are and the venue is your responsibility.

5) This is a SEMI-drop off: Scouts should be accompanied by an adult (21+) at the ratio of 4-Scouts to 1-adult Chaperone. Adult chaperones will need to purchase their own lunch, and Snacks, and any activities they would like to join in. All adult chaperones will bring their BSA YPT certification to check in.

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California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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LA Lone Scouts are registered directly with the Western Los Angeles County Council (WLACC) of the Boy Scouts of America. LA Lone Scouts consists of one Lone Scout Counselor (similar to Scoutmaster) and 3-5 Lone Scouts (youth 12-17 years old). We are NOT a business. We are ONE ADULT VOLUNTEER + Three TEENAGERS = no scholarships for other scouts to join us on our outings...we fundraise for our own teenagers to go on scout events.


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