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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 are due in the spring.

OSLN and the Ohio Department of Education provided a webinar on Dec. 8 for those considering designation. We provided technical details about the designation application and a perspective on successful STEM models from prior years. The recording of the webinar is available here.


(Updated on 1/9/17 in light of expansion of designation to include elementary schools)

  • January 16, 2017: Deadline to notify OSLN of your intent to apply with an email to OSLN@battelle.org
  • January 30, 2017: Deadline to submit applications to OSLN@battelle.org for feedback
    • 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 24, 2017  (5:00 p.m.): Deadline for applicants to submit proposals to the Ohio Department of Education
  • 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. 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 several roles in this process. We advise schools seeking STEM designation. We also 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.

If you have questions about designation, please contact us at OSLN@battelle.org.