West Virginia State University

The mission of our Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CASTEM) is to encourage West Virginia's youth to pursue careers in STEM fields and inspire them to become future engineers, scientists, researchers, teachers and leaders.


Here's how we do that:
We provide STEM education activities, programs, and research opportunities starting at K-12 grades and extending to university level.
We offer professional development to K-12 teachers.
We encourage the participation of parents and family members to expand their knowledge regarding STEM education opportunities.
We provide undergraduate and graduate research opportunities for college level students.
We seek funding which will create opportunities for participation of STEM faculty in student research experiences and promote faculty development.
We help boost vital life skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork, compassion and hard work.

CASTEM operates two STEM Education Centers, in Charleston and Beckley, fully equipped with educational equipment and tools including LEGO robotics kits, science labs, STAR LABs, wind tunnels, flight simulators, project-based learning curriculum as well as NASA approved STEM curriculum. We encourage the facilitation of programs & curriculums offered by national and international STEM organizations such as 4-H, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, NASA, Clean Energy, Upward Bound and GLOBE. In addition, we provide math tutoring for K-16.