Congratulations to Pack 104 Webelos Sam Boyce, Reagan Lester, Ryan Parks, and Julian Price, on earning the Dr. Charles H Townes SuperNova award. After working on some Nova awards earlier in the year, Webelos from Pack 104 reached out to their counselor to start work on the Super Nova Award. In January, the four scouts began their scientific journey meeting both online and via Zoom with their counselor and guest speakers.
Along their journey the boys discussed scientific inquiry with their families, counselor, as well as Coach Micaela Pond, Gifted Services teacher at Key Immersion school in Arlington, Dr. Adela Roa-Varon, of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, as well as other scouters in scientific fields.
Highlights from their journey included making personal flashlight with a switch out of household materials, experimenting with exploding soda and mints and other household materials, planting and caring for a personal terrarium, geocaching, and personal research into varied scientific subjects.
The culmination of their hard work was presented to the Pack via a Super Science Zoom where their personal experiments were shared via video. Final projects included study the light effect on crystal growth (Ryan), cloud formation and condensation in a controlled environment (Julian), reaction of egg and vinegar/how long to dissolve the shell (Reagan), and studying the factors that affect the function of homemade black powder (Sam). Each experiment left our young scouts with further questions to explore, and made for a wonderful show.
These newest SuperNova recipients bring the Packs total to 5 with Jacob Nadherny now with T167 being the first to complete the award in 2020.