The BSA STEM in Scouting awards program began in 2012 and is broken down into two different sections: NOVA and SUPERNOVA.
For scouts seeking a greater STEM challenge, 7 SUPERNOVA awards are available for scouts to earn at their various program levels.
Since 2012 the Capitol Area Council has awarded about a hundred Cub Supernovas and only a handful of Scout Supernovas.
The medallions come from BSA National, are real metal, and are worn around the neck. Contact the Council STEM Nova Committee to have a committee member present these to youth at your unit/district event.
The Scout Shop has a certificate that you may customize for each scout, suitable for framing. They also sell small bar pins that are worn on the uniform for earning bronze, silver, or gold level.