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STEM designation

Each year, a group of agencies from the State of Ohio convene to review proposals from schools that wish to be designated as STEM schools. Proposals will be due in the spring.

Please join us for a webinar on Dec. 8 if you’re considering designation. We’ll provide technical details about the designation application and a perspective on successful STEM models from prior years.


  • November 15, 2016: Release of new application on Ohio Department of Education’s website
  • December 8, 2016: Technical assistance webinar from the Ohio STEM Learning Network – Register here
    • Topics include: Basics of the designation application and the benefits of STEM designation
  • January 23, 2017: Deadline for pre-submission applications to be submitted for our review
    • In the review process, we’ll work with you to help identify areas the state review board may have questions about and improve them.
  • February 17, 2017  (5:00 p.m.): Deadline for applicants to submit proposals
  • Late March/Early April: STEM designation committee meeting for approving designations

Proposal details

Proposals may only be submitted by a partnership including all of the following:

  1. School (traditional public school, joint vocational school and some community schools*) or an educational service center
  2. A college or university
  3. Local business

You can see past applications and other details on the Ohio Department of Education’s STEM page.

Our role

Our organization, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, plays a few roles in this process. We advise schools seeking STEM designation. We provide formal recommendations to the State of Ohio on the applications for new schools. (see Ohio Revised Code 3326) Finally, as new schools are awarded designation, we welcome them into our network and connect them with Ohio’s other 30+ STEM schools.

*Community schools under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code, a chartered nonpublic school, or both may be part of the partnership.

Webex registration for STEM designation