C-STEM Challenge


Everyone is an Artist and an Engineer.

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School
Work Readiness/Employment
College Readiness

Target Audience

All Students

Teachers/Educational Leaders


North Carolina


Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

 Accomplished link

Program Impact

C-STEM inspires the next generation of innovators and thought leaders to encourage entry into the talent pipeline, bolster self-confidence, and foster a well-rounded mastery in the areas of communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Program Overview

The C-STEM Challenge is a highly motivating comprehensive cradle to career program that encourages collaboration, requires critical thinking, and application of knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. The program consists of 8 modules: Debate, Robotics, Innovation, Computer Programming, Sculpture, Mural, Film, and Photography.
How To Get Involved

To get involved with the C-STEM Challenge program:

  1. Participate in the Integrated C-STEM Training for teachers, professors, mentors, and STEM program leaders. Receive up to 46 hours in professional development, curriculum, and tool-kit of materials for up to (8) modules (i.e. debate, robotics, innovation, computer programming, mural, sculpture, film, and photography); OR
  2. Implement the curriculum and tool-kit of materials for up to (8) modules (i.e. debate, robotics, innovation, computer programming, mural, sculpture, film, and photography) without participating in the Integrated C-STEM Training.
Funders and Partners

View our funders and Partners: https://www.cstem.org/our-partners/


Luc To, Quality Control Engineer




Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.