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SuperNova Science & Engineering Campout

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Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center

3000 Shoshonean Road

Los Angeles, CA 90731

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This is a Supernova ACTIVITY Day for Scouts working on meeting Requirement #4 of the Supernova Award - whether the Bronze (Dr Bernard Harris) or the Silver (Thomas Edison) - for this 2019-2020 school year.

This Supernova Science & Engineering Activity Day is for Scouts who are (a) students in Grades 6-12 for the 2019-2020 school year, and (b) First Class rank or higher.


Bronze Supernova 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.

Silver Supernova Requirement #4: Complete TWO additional Supernova activity topics, one each in the two STEM areas NOT completed for the Harris Supernova Award. (Note: The intent is that upon completion of the Edison Supernova Award the Scout will have completed one Supernova activity topic in each of the four STEM areas.)



1) Are First Class Rank and higher.

2) Have earned 3 of 4 of the following NOVA Awards.

  • Science: Shoot! or Splash! or Let-It-Grow or Mendel’s Minions
  • Technology: Start Your Engines or Hello World
  • Engineering: Whoosh!
  • Mathematics: Designed-To-Crunch

3) Have earned the Scholarship Merit Badge.



1) Have completed (submitted their application) the Bronze Supernova Dr Bernard Harris Award.

2) Have Earned 4 of 4 of the following NOVA Awards:

  • SCIENCE - Shoot or Splash or Let It Grow or Mendel’s Minions.
  • TECHNOLOGY - Start Your Engines or Hello World
  • ENGINEERING - Whoosh
  • MATHEMATICS - Designed To Crunch


AGENDA - Day One

  • 09:00 AM CHECK IN - Set Up Tent.
  • 10:00 AM Supernova Engineering
  • 01:00 PM Lunch
  • 02:30 PM Supernova Science
  • 05:00 PM Dinner
  • 07:00 PM Campfire +
  • 10:00 PM Lights out


  • 07:00 AM Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM Polar Penguin Swim
  • 10:30 AM Supernova Reports
  • 01:00 PM Lunch + Check Out.


Supernova ENGINEERING: Build and Test - High Performance Paper Gliders.

Your task is to measure how differences in design affect the flight characteristics of a glider. You will accomplish this by building and testing some high-performance paper gliders. These gliders use a laminated construction method that helps simulate a real glider much more closely than a simple folded piece of paper.

Part 1: Background Research, Baseline Design Selection, and Test

  1. Research and discuss the following with your mentor:
    1. The fundamental parts of a glider
    2. The basic elements of the physics of stable flight
  2. Choose a glider design from a kit or plans. (You do not need to design the glider yourself.) Then do the following:
    1. Identify one quantitative characteristic to test, such as flight distance, flight time, average flight speed, and so on. Then identify one qualitative characteristic to test, such as presence of a stall, dive, flip, left turn, right turn, and so on.
    2. Hypothesize how variations in one part of the glider, such as wing size, fuselage length, center of gravity, flap size, and so on, might influence these characteristics of the glider’s performance.
    3. Build four high-performance gliders, identical except for variations in the relevant glider part.
    4. Establish a consistent method to measure each characteristic during a test flight. Then find a way to launch the gliders in a consistent manner so that they are launched at the same speed every time. You should perform test flights with each model five to six times to account for variations in flight performance. Try to keep the conditions of each test flight the same as for all the other test flights. Keep records of the results for each test flight.

Part 2: Analyze and Report

Present to your mentor your recorded data in a tabular format as well as a graphical format. Then do the following:

  1. Evaluate the data and determine how the variations in the tested glider part influenced the flight characteristics you observed. Based on the data you gathered, predict how the glider would perform relative to the flight characteristics you observed if you were to build a glider with another variation in the same glider part.
  2. Suggest an ideal design of your tested glider part that would maximize the glider’s performance relative to the flight characteristics you observed and explain your reasoning for this design.
  3. Create a report that describes your glider, the flight tests, the flight data, and your conclusions. Include the procedures you followed to ensure consistent test conditions.
  4. Share the flight records and data you have gathered with your mentor. Discuss what you have learned.

Supernova SCIENCE: CHEMISTRY - Diet Coke and Mentos Explosions

For this experiment, you will investigate how and why dropping a Mentos candy into a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke creates a massive explosion.

Part 1: Research and Experiment Design

Research this Diet Coke and Mentos phenomenon by doing the following:

  • Find out what others have discovered about how and why this experiment works. Note who discovered what about the experiment. Keep track of your references and resources.
  • Formulate a hypothesis that you would like to test.
  • Design an experiment to test your hypothesis. Be sure to get approval from your mentor prior to conducting your experiment. Make sure your plans for the experiment include an outside location, a list of supplies needed (which should be inexpensive, readily available, and safe), adequate safety protocols and equipment (safety goggles, etc.), plans for accurate and precise measurements, a list of stepby- step procedures, number of trials, and plans for recording and analysis of data.

Part 2: Experiment and Report

  • Conduct your experiment. You might want to videotape your experimental trials and include some video clips in your final report.
  • Discuss the following with your mentor:
  • What happened during the experiment.
  • How the evidence supported or contradicted your hypothesis.
  • Whether the experiment raised any new questions for you.
  • Whether something unexpected happened during the experiment. Tell how what happened might suggest about a future experiment on this same phenomenon.
  • Create a report that describes your hypothesis, experiment, and conclusions.



1) Please Sign Up ELIGIBLE SCOUT in his/her name using Parents email address based on Scout’s estimated rank (First, Star, Life, Eagle) as of December 15, 2019.

2) Please check the email address (inbox or spam folder) used during the Eventbrite SignUp process on a regular basis as your response on behalf of your Scout is required at least ONCE on 10/15, 10/30, 11/15 or 11/30, and AGAIN on 12/30.

3) For youth protection and privacy, the locations of some of our meetings for the Supernova Award Program will only be shared to Eventbrite signups.

4) Scouts starting on the BRONZE Supernova will come in their Class A field uniform AND BRING the following:

5) Scouts starting on their SILVER Supernova will come in their Class A field uniform AND BRING the following:

6) Scouts should also bring (a) tent + sleeping bag + sleeping mat, (b) swimming attire + watershoes or shoes that can get wet and sandy, (c) cooking equipment (camp stove + pots/pans + cooking utensils), (d) dishwashing Equipment (basins + dishwashing liquid + dish scrubber + dish towel), (f) WARM sleeping clothes + extra socks/underwear, (g) personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hair comb/hair brush, towel, soap, lotion, chapstick). (h) menu ingredients for 2/3 meals: Saturday Lunch + Saturday Dinner + Sunday Breakfast, and (I) BSA Medical Form A+B+C.

7) THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF. All Scouts must be accompanied by 1-adult (21+) Chaperone with BSA YPT + BSA Medical Form A+B+C.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • The Bernard Harris SuperNova Program is Open to BSA Scouts who are at least First Class Rank from ANY COUNCIL by 11/02/2019, AND HAVE EARNED 3 of the 4 Nova Awards as listed: (1) SCIENCE (Shoot or Splash or Grow or Minions), (2j TECHNOLOGY (Start Your Engines), (3) ENGINEERING (Whoosh), and/or MATHEMATICS (Crunch).
  • The Thomas Edison Supernova Program is open to BSA Scouts who have submitted or will submit their Bronze Supernova Application by February 15, 2020.

What can I/my scout bring into the event?

  • Please see NOTES #4, NOTES #5, and NOTES #6.

What's the refund policy?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

  • NO.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

  • NO. Scouts should be signed up using their name with their parents email address.

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