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Center for the Advancement of
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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 the 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 to create opportunities for STEM faculty participation 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, and 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 to K-12 and college-level students, both campus and facilitating after-school visits.

We partner with other WVSU extension services such as the 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community & Economic Development, Family & Consumer Sciences, the Department of Communications and the WVSU College of Natural Sciences to further our mission of developing STEM growth and awareness. We build relationships with other academic universities, such as West Virginia University, Marshall University, MIT and Texas A&M University, to collaborate in joint endeavors.

STEM education is an integral part of our day-to-day life. Our team believes in providing learning opportunities to kids, teachers and adults so they can explore the exciting world of STEM and pursue a future in such fields. We encourage critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity and the effective implementation of knowledge to real-life issues. Together, we are inspiring minds and expanding opportunities in the underrepresented areas of our community.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to provide this content into reasonable alternate accessible formats upon request. Please contact the WVSU Extension Service office at (304) 204-4305 or

West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status in any of its programs or activities. 
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Upcoming Events

National Summer Transportation Institute 
WVSU Campus in Institute: June 19th-30th

WVSU NASA AEL in Beckley: July 18th-29th
Open to All WV Upcoming 7th-9th Graders

Come join us for our 2023 NSTI summer camp! Play games to learn about logistics and supply chain, get hands-on archeology experience, build a bridge, program robots, make impervious pavement, and test! We will also go on field trips to the New River Gorge Bridge and a Materials Science Lab, and participate in career talks with professionals in the industry. Choose one of two sites: the WVSU campus in Institute or Beckley NASA AEL facility.  Hope to see you there!
Yellow Jackets CyberDefender Camp
July 24-29
Open to All WV Youth in Grades 8th-10th

 At this week-long cybersecurity-themed camp, students will learn about security principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability, be able to distinguish types of malware and attacks, apply tools and techniques for vulnerability assessment, implement host security, explain the security function and purpose of network devices and technologies, identify types of authentication and perform basic configuration and distinguish types of cryptography and their uses. This camp will include hands-on labs, introduction to security, basic Linux commands, introduction to the national collegiate cyber defense competition (CCDC), and CCDC preparation. Students who complete the program will earn a spot on The Stinger Squad and will be recognized during the closing ceremony.
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