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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

What Are the Nova Awards?
The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. See Nova Awards Program and discover how the Nova Awards program can help youth become "Prepared. For Life."

Committee Meeting

Date:      Monthly, 3rd Wednesday
Time:      7:00pm
Location: 251 Commerce Cir, Sacramento, CA 95815
Contact: Ben Heningburg

STEM Activities Handbook

Now available.. download today!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!!

S. T. E. M. Merit Badge Saturday

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) committee will be holding a special activity Saturday, February 17, 2018, offering Scouts an opportunity to work on S.T.E.M. related Merit Badges. This will be held at the Art Institute of California (2850 Gateway Oaks Drive #100, Sacramento, CA) from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Register early as as each class has a limited number of spots available.

Registration Open: December 2018
Cost: $10.00*
Classes sessions: All-Day 8:45 am to 4:15 pm, Morning 8:45 am to noon, Afternoon 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Lunch Break: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Registration Closes: February 3, 2018

Download flyer for merit badges being offered, class sizes and other requirements.

Questions? Contact Minh Nguyen at
Subject to change....

Sacramento Regional

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Fair


17th Annual Regional STEM Fair

March/April 2018

The Sacramento Regional STEM Fair is a 12-county science, technology, engineering, and math competition for students in grades 6-12. Scouts in grades 5-11 can participate in a non-judged showcase division. We encourage students of all ages to attend our Fair as an educational field trip - not only can they learn from their peers about a multitude of STEM projects, but they can also visit the College & Career Expo to find out more about career pathways into STEM.


American River College, 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841

How to Participate

Scouts and Crews can participate in the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair by entering their STEM project into either the competition or showcase categories. Students may also volunteer.


Parents are invited to support their students & attend workshops as well as the College & Career Expo. Parents are also encouraged to sign up as general volunteers.


Important Dates

October/November- Project registration

December /January  - Record Observations

January/February - Prepare 2-3 minute presentation

February 16, 2018  - Final Deadline to register project 



2018 SMUD Solar Regatta season

Hello Prospective Team Members!!!

This is just a reminder that we’ll be having the 1st meeting of the BSA Boaters for the 2018 SMUD Solar Regatta season. The meeting will be this Thursday, November 16th at the Round Table Pizza at 3005 Freeport Blvd beginning at 7pm. Many of us are planning on being there at 6:30pm to order dinner before we start. 

If you’re interested in being on a STEM team for this year’s competition I highly recommend that you come out and see what we’re all about. We are in need of scouts of all sorts of specialties. Whether you’re into business, marketing, video making, design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or just want to lead the spirit group we need you! 

So come out and be part of something great!




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STEM & Nova Information and Materials

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251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 6:00pm (M,T,TR,F)
9:00am - 6:30pm (W)
10:00am - 4:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benater Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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