Rep. Tim Schaffer visited Tarhe Trails Elementary School last night to present Congressional Congratulations to the scouts of Tarhe's Cub Scout Pack 240 who had earned the Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.
All of the scouts have since crossed over to Boy Scouts and are now in 6th grade, but they wanted to share their experience with the school and their former pack for those organizations support of them while earning the award.
The first picture is the scouts with their Supernova mentor, retired electrical engineer Judd Clover.
The scouts in the second picture are Tavis Robertson, Ethan Williams, Owen Rice, Evan Rice, Landon Watson & Nate Booth with their leader, Brooks Rice and Rep. Tim Shaffer who is the 77th district's representative for the Ohio House of Representatives.
The award is based on completing the STEM curriculum outlined by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and has rarely been awarded. Scouts spent 1-4 months in three of the previous years, prior to earning the award and 6 months in the year of earning the award exclusively working on and performing STEM requirements. The pre-requisite requirements to begin pursuing the award were to complete work learning about Science in every day life, technology in society, and Engineering of simple machines. The requirements to qualify for the Award were to perform data compilation and analysis of experiments using the scientific method, researching people in STEM fields who had made contributions to the human body of knowledge in those fields, discussing the application of STEM fields with their teachers, completing investigations of scientific work in communications, and completing additional work learning about, experimenting and demonstrating knowledge in Mechanical Engineering, Science, Engineering, the scouting method, building things from drawings, Civic responsibility, First Aid, Biology, and Botany.
All work was completed under the supervision of a STEM mentor (retired electrical engineer Judd Clover) while performing these activities to be sure the body of work met the standards for the award. The final step for the award was submitting their body of work to the BSA Simon Kenton Council STEM Chair for review and determination of the work being commensurate with the rigorous requirements for the award.