STEM Designation

How Does a School Become a STEM School?

Ohio law provides a specific pathway for schools to seek and receive designation as a STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) school. Designation recognizes a school as an effective place for STEM or STEAM learning. 

Schools apply for designation from the Ohio STEM Committee, a committee of state and community leaders. The Ohio STEM Learning Network and Ohio Department of Education support the designation process. 

Current application

The current application for STEM or STEAM designation is hosted on the Ohio Department of Education’s website

Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s STEM-and-STEAM-School-Designation webpage to learn more.

Timeline for 2022 designation

  • November 15, 2021: FY23 Application Posted
  • December 15, 2021: 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 19th: Submit a rough draft of the application/portfolio to the Ohio STEM Learning Network for technical assistance. Email rough drafts to [email protected].  You will receive feedback on your draft application in time to make changes prior to the final submission to the Ohio Department of Education.
  • February 24th: Final applications due to the Ohio Department of Education, [email protected],  by 5 p.m.
  • March-April 2022: After a preliminary review from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, site visits to selected schools will be conducted during the spring (March/April). A school may also request a site visit when submitting their application.
  • April 2022: Applicants will be notified of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s recommendation.
  • May 2022: The Ohio STEM committee will vote on designated schools. 
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