A $100,000 grant from Boeing Co. will help expand a University of South Carolina engineering and technology program into four local public middle schools.

The money will be used to purchase lab supplies, computers and equipment needed to deliver a USC College of Engineering and Computing initiative called Project Lead the Way.

The goal is to get more South Carolina students interested in careers that center around science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Boeing, which has more than 6,000 workers at its North Charleston 787 aircraft plant, called those subjects “a high priority” for the company.

The beneficiaries of the grant are College Park Middle School, West Ashley Middle School, Alston Middle School and St. George Middle School.

The students who participate in the program will take courses in design and modeling, automation and robotics, and flight and space. Also, teachers from the four schools will attend workshops next summer at no cost to learn the best way to teach the engineering and technology curriculum.

The grant was announced Wednesday by USC.