STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The goal of STEM and STEAM schools is to foster intellectual, entrepreneurial and technical talent and design thinking. This is vital to Ohio’s future economic growth and prosperity, which depends on an aligned education system to support the state’s economic development efforts and that helps all Ohio students become innovators and inventors, self-reliant and logical thinkers and technologically proficient problem solvers. The Ohio Department of Education is a partner in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused on the infusion of high-level mathematics, technology and science into curriculum, and STEAM, which infuses the arts and design with STEM. Connected work with the Office of Career-Technical Education includes Project Lead The Way, Automated Materials Joining Technology and equalizing career field enrollment among gender, race, ethnicity and special populations.

STEM and STEAM School Designation

More Information about the FY 2021 Application will be available in late Fall 2020. 


The STEM Committee designates science, technology, engineering and mathematics schools based on proposals submitted to the committee.  The committee will designate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) schools as well. Proposals will be reviewed by the committee and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and new designations will be effective beginning Fiscal Year 2020. Proposals for STEM and STEAM schools must include at least all of the following:

  1. evidence of a working partnership with both public and private entities, including higher education entities and business organizations; (If the proposal is for a STEAM school, this partnership must include arts organizations.)
  2. evidence that the school submitting the proposal will offer a rigorous, diverse, integrated and project-based curriculum to students in any of grades kindergarten through twelve, with the goal to prepare those students for college, the workforce, and citizenship, and that
    • emphasizes the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in promoting innovation and economic progress, incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design,
    • includes the arts and humanities, and
    • emphasizes personalized learning and teamwork skills.

Proposals for STEAM schools must also specifically demonstrate how the curriculum will            integrate arts and design into the study of science, technology, engineering and                            mathematics to foster creative thinking, problem-solving, and new approaches to                        scientific invention.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) offers technical assistance to schools interested in the designation process. 

Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools

The Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools was developed to provide clarity and examples of high quality STEM and STEAM school practices. Schools seeking STEM or STEAM designation or interested in innovative instructional approaches are encouraged to consult this document.

STEM Resources 

STEM School Legislation

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