Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The CASTLE Coalition

Charlotte Area STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Teaching and Learning Environment 


The foundation of America’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy is a well-educated workforce that can work collaboratively, create and absorb new knowledge, adapt to new circumstances, perceive opportunities, and define and develop creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. Since the Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence in 1775, the people in the greater Charlotte area have distinguished themselves as world class innovators and leaders in science, commerce and industry. We can build upon and extend this heritage only by investing in a world-class education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for the region’s greatest asset-its people.


To empower the region’s capacity to develop a talented, robust and eclectic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) oriented workforce, capable of performing, adapting and thriving in a dynamic knowledge-driven economy.

Strategic Intent

  • To promote collaboration among education, business and government to ensure that the region’s education systems graduate a well-educated diverse workforce that is scientifically , technologically, and quantitatively literate.
  • To advocate for successful local, regional and national programs that can be implemented and amplified by the regional partnerships to attract students to math, science, engineering and related careers, and to strengthen preK-20 STEM education programs.
  • To articulate policies and actions at the local, regional and state levels to support STEM education in preK-20 systems so that students realize their individual and collective potential.
  • To share research, data, and information as it pertains to the CASTLE Coalition’s goals and the shared strategic intent of the members.