STEM and STEAM School Designation

FY2022 STEM and STEAM SChool designation  

The Ohio STEM Committee, Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to ensuring each child in Ohio is challenged, prepared and empowered. STEM and STEAM education provides an opportunity for each child to discover and learn, pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and to become a resilent, lifelong learner who contributes to society. 

STEM and STEAM education is an integrated approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, project-based experiences. Students use science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics concepts to make authentic connections between school, community and work experiences. The Ohio STEM and STEAM School Designation was created to award and recognize schools that are exemplars of this work.
STEM and STEAM designated schools employ highly effective teachers and leaders who meet the needs of the whole child. In addition, these schools have well-established partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, institutes of higher education and other entities in their communities to prepare students for post-high school success.

The STEM and STEAM Designation application is aligned with Each Child, Our Future – Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Ohio’s Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools and section 3326.03 of Ohio law.

FY22 STEM and STEAM Designation Application 
FY22 STEM and STEAM Designation Guidance Rubric

STEM/STEAM Designation Application Timeline 

October 2020 

October 1st: FY22 Application Posted 

December 2020 

December 15th:  Complete this survey to inform the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network on your intent to apply and if technical assistance will be pursued. 

January 2021

January 15th: Submit a rough draft of the application/portfolio to the Ohio STEM Learning Network for technical assistance. Email rough drafts to  You will receive feedback on your draft application in time to make changes prior to the final submission to ODE.                                                                

February 2021

February 19th: Final applications due to the Ohio Department of Education by 5 p.m. Email to 

March 2021

After a preliminary review from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, site visits to selected schools will be conducted during the spring (March/April). A school may also request a site visit when submitting their application.

April 2021

Applicants will be notified of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s recommendation.

May 2021

The Ohio STEM committee will vote on designated schools


Current STEM/STEAM Designated schools


2020 STEM and STEAM Designation Webinar Series with the Ohio STEM Learning Network

September 30th 3pm-5pm: Exploring the quality model for STEM/STEAM schools.

What distinguishes a STEM/STEAM school from other schools? Kimberly Bell and Heather Sherman will engage participants in an overview of how culture, curriculum and connection work together to support STEM best practices for a school-wide approach. 

View Webinar Recording Here

October 14th 3pm-5pm:  Creating a culture of innovation to support STEM best practices

Shifting a school and community culture towards a STEM/STEAM mindset is a team effort.  STEM leaders will share tangible ways to shift a school and community culture to include innovation, entrepreneurship, inquiry and collaboration. Topics will include building a school-wide design cycle, supporting teacher innovation in the classroom engaging parents and guardians in the process. 

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October 28th 3pm-5pm: Beyond PBL: What does teaching and learning look like in a STEM school?

STEM and PBL go hand-in-hand, but what does it mean to implement project/problem-based learning and more? STEM leaders from across Ohio will guide participants through a deep dive into PBL and demonstrate how it is used as a launching pad to personalizing student learning.

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November 11th 3pm-5pm:  Building community partnerships to provide real-world context 

How can partnerships deepen the education experience for students and the community? Participants will learn the role of partnerships in STEM from the Quality Model for STEM and STEAM schools. We will explore the nature of partnerships, provide time to brainstorm and share potential partnerships based on curriculum, events, and community needs. STEM Leaders from Ohio’s STEM designated schools will share their experiences and how community partnerships positively impact learning for all students. 

View Webinar Recording Here

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