BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Five William Annin Middle School teachers will travel to Baltimore next month to accept an award for the school’s technology program.

They will attend the annual conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association on March 12 to take professional development classes and accept the “program of the year” award for the school.

The department award recognizes the technology literacy elective at the middle school, said Superintendent Nick Markarian. The department teaches classes in such activities as building solar cars and model rockets, engineering design and prototyping, computer game design and woodworking.

Nick Beykirch, Germaine Ogitis, Matthew Potter, Ryan Riess and Clare Sweeny received permission to attend, and the Bernards Township Board of Education will finance the $390 registration fee for each. The teachers agreed to share expenses by paying for travel, room and board, Markarian said.