St. Francis Borgia Regional High School will host a community informational meeting on its newest program, Project Lead the Way.

The breakfast meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, March 28, at the high school.

People who plan to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP to Diana at 636-239-7543.

The co-ed Catholic high school is teaming up with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla to implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a STEM-focused curriculum and teacher professional development program.

Borgia also plans to renovate its media center into a STEM lab thanks to a $160,000 gift from its endowment committee. Renovation of the center will take place over the summer.

The new lab will be fully equipped with computers and other equipment necessary for the school’s first pre-engineering course.

PLTW is a national program which offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. Its premier high school program, Pathway to Engineering, is a four-year course of study integrated into the students’ core curriculum.

Borgia plans to start by offering an introduction to engineering class next school year which would be open to freshmen through seniors.

From there, the school hopes to add an additional class each year, with interested students eventually being able to take up to four years of engineering-related classes.

The high school will send two or possibly three of its math and science teachers to Missouri S&T’s Training Institute for their PLTW courses this summer.

The STEM lab will be equipped with all new computers, three-dimensional printers and other equipment which will allow students to build, and even launch, items they’ve created.

Another important component to Borgia’s STEM program will be local business support, school officials said.

There are many ways businesses can be involved and support the PLTW program, such as organizing facility tours for students, hosting competitions, providing job shadowing or internship opportunities for students and externships for teachers, talking to classes and mentoring student project teams.

Business partners will be recognized in the stem lab so students know these companies are helping make the program possible.