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.
We hosted a webinar on December 13 for schools considering designation. We covered technical details about the designation application and a perspective on successful STEM models from prior years. Watch it here.
Current dates (2017-2018)
December 13, 4 p.m.: Free introductory webinar on designation with Battelle staff. Register here.
December 20, 5 p.m.: Schools planning to apply for STEM or STEAM designation should submit a letter of intent to apply by email to email@example.com as a pdf. Letters of intent should indicate the type of designation (STEM or STEAM), school grade band (elementary, middle school or high school), and must identify a point of contact with name, address, telephone number and email address.
January 15: Deadline to request technical assistance from the Ohio STEM Learning Network on your proposal.
January 29: Schools that have requested assistance will receive written feedback from our expert reviewers on their draft application.
March 2, 5 p.m.: Deadline to email a pdf of the complete application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications materials include a cover letter, cover sheet, proposal narrative and letters of commitment.
March 2017: The Ohio STEM Committee will meet to review all applications for STEM or STEAM designation. Applying schools will be invited to attend.
Proposals may only be submitted by a partnership including all of the following:
School (traditional public school, joint vocational school and some community schools*) or an educational service center
College or university
You can see past applications and other details on the Ohio Department of Education’s STEM page.
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 40+ STEM schools.