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.

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 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 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.

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 40+ 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