LEMONT – Five Cub Scouts from Lemont Pack 249 were awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for superior achievement in areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), according to a pack news release.
The honored scouts include Scott Biedess Jr., Fabian Barnett, Austin Cavett, Adam Dunkin and Michael Preuss.
The scouts worked under the supervision and guidance of Supernova mentor Michael Dunkin over the past eight months. They completed various requirements including studying famous scientists, learning about the scientific method, kinetic energy, motion, probability, weather prediction, forensics and architecture, and participating in STEM-related activities and experiments in school and with their pack, the release stated.
The group also visited with a scientist from Argonne National Laboratory, according to the release.
Each of the scouts had earned a number of Nova Awards before tackling the more challenging Supernova curriculum, the release stated.
The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova and Supernova Awards program for members to have fun and receive recognition for their efforts as part of an initiative to encourage their curiosity about STEM-related fields, according to the release.