Key dates for schools to earn STEM/STEAM designation in 2021

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The Ohio STEM Learning Network exists to improve access to and quality of STEM education across Ohio, inspiring students and laying the founding for a growing state economy.

We expand STEM education of through professional development and networking for educators, student opportunities like the #STEMpowersOhio Design & Entrepreneurship Challenge, our regional STEM hubs, and our collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education to support the designation of STEM/STEAM schools.

Pursuing STEM/STEAM designation is a way for schools to communicate their values and priorities to their community stakeholders. Designated STEM/STEAM school share these attributes:

  • Culture of innovation
  • Inquiry-based, hands-on instruction throughout all content
  • Meaningful STEM partnerships with businesses and higher education institutions (colleges and universities)
  • Proven platform for sharing best practices
  • Leader and teacher development
  • Career exploration and work-based learning experiences for students

In order to be designated a STEM or a STEAM school, the above-listed attributes must apply to all the students in a building, not just a select group. In Ohio, we believe that STEM/STEAM education needs to be available for all students. If you are interested in applying for designation this year, please note the following dates:

December 15th: Complete this survey to inform the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network on your intent to apply and if technical assistance will be pursued.

January 15th: Submit a rough draft of the application/portfolio to the Ohio STEM Learning Network for technical assistance. Email rough drafts to (Note: When you submit a draft, your submission will be acknowledged within one business day. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please send an brief message to to help us investigate whether your email was blocked by our filters.)

February 15th: Final applications due to the Ohio Department of Education by 5 p.m. Email to The STEM and STEAM Designation application and guidance rubric are available here.

If you need additional assistance regarding STEM designation, please review the following webinar series:

Here at the Ohio STEM Learning Network, we’re happy to answer questions along the way – please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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