Levi Baus, 10, Archbold, is a member of a rare group of Cub Scouts.
Baus, a member of Archbold Cub Scout Pack 263, and two scouts from Wauseon are winners of the Scouts’ Super Nova award, for studies in the STEM areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Elise Marks, cubmaster of Wauseon Pack 77 and Super Nova award mentor, said only nine scouts from the four-county Chinquapin district (Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams) won the award.
Across the nation, less than 500 scouts earned the Super Nova. That, she said, is less than 1% of the scouts in the United States.
Baus said the project took about two months.
“We had to look up different things,” he said.
“We had to look up a couple of scientists and what they invented. We had to answer a question, ‘why do rockets have fins?’”
Actually, it was more involved than that. Marks said they conducted experiments, such as one with several brands of candies to illustrate the half-lives of radioactive isotopes.
They also delved more in-depth into mathematics, studying “how math affects everyday life.”
Marks said they also performed calculations, such as how much each scout would weigh on the surface of the sun and the moon.
The boys were surprised by the figures. Because the sun has a much greater gravitational pull, a person weighs 28 times more than on earth.
The scouts also calculated the volume of air in a room.
Baus, son of Chad and Beth, said he felt a sense of accomplishment in earning the award. When he advances to Boy Scouts, he said he might try for the Super Nova award a second time.