Uwharrie Charter Academy makes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum a focus for interdisciplinary teaching. Embedded firmly through our curriculum is an intentional emphasis on STEM-related topics and skills based upon research that indicates a need for students to experience science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that mimic their uses in society and industry. Students are afforded opportunities within lab settings, project development discussions, and competitions to utilize their skills and advance their understanding in STEM. The role of STEM heightens engagement as students are faced with problems to solve using the content from their classrooms coupled with the rigors of finding a creative solution through science, technology,engineering, or math that are applicable.