The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to the BSA Hornaday Award Program. The basic requirements include earning certain academic pins for Cub Scouts, activity badges for Webelos and merit badges for Boy Scouts, plus completing additional, more rigorous STEM-related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities. SUPERNOVA is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck ribbons.