Grafton Cub Scout Pack 106 Earns First STEM Awards In State

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Members of Grafton Pack 106 have earned the first STEM awards in Massachusetts.
Members of Grafton Pack 106 have earned the first STEM awards in Massachusetts. Photo Credit: Chris Paquin

GRAFTON, Mass. — A total of 14 members of Cub Scout Pack 106 in Grafton will be recognized for a special achievement at its annual Blue and Gold banquet Feb.10.

The Webelos will be given the first Supernova Awards in Massachusetts since the debut of the STEM program for Boy Scouts.

Pack 106 is part of the Hassanamisco District of Mohegan Council and is led by Cubmaster Chris Paquin and Assistant Cubmaster Lewis Alderton.

The eight Webelos Scouts and six Arrow of Light Scouts will be recognized for their achievements in the new STEM program, which exposes boys to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and offers four Nova awards for Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

In December, the Pack visited the Boston Museum of Science to complete some requirements. Later this month, they will launch rockets they are building themselves. “We will also be doing some cool stuff with electricity and having them make some mini-catapults with some parts found around the house,” said Paquin.

The Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award provides a challenging set of activities. Scouts in the STEM program must be active members of their Den, so these requirements are on top of the work they are doing to move through the ranks. The Supernova requirements are completed by earning the Scholar, Scientist and Engineer Webelos activity badges; earning three activity badges; holding a discussion with their mentor on Townes and his achievements; researching five other scientists, technology innovators, engineers or mathematicians; and discussing with their teacher or Cub Scout leader the importance of math and science in education.

Additionally, they must learn about a STEM-related career, do an experiment using the scientific method and participate in a Nova- or STEM-related activity with a another boy working toward a Supernova award. Once these requirements are met, a boy can apply for approval.

The group has met weekly, covering STEM-focused topics such as the scientific method, Bernoulli’s principle, Pascal’s Law, Newton’s first law of motion and more.

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