Educational Technology Policy, Research, & Outreach


PG Technology Council Initiatives

   Technology Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program

Technology Entrepreneurship education teaches students how to creatively solve problems, how to plan and communicate ideas, and about the risks and rewards of starting and running their own businesses. The Prince George's County Technology Council Technology Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program centers on middle and high school students in Prince George's County to address these very issues. With the development of the Technology Entrepreneurship Program Web site and a partnership between the Prince George's Tech Council, Prince George's County Public Schools, University of Maryland Educational Technology Outreach Programs, and Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area, PGTC-TEMP plans to reach and inspire many more future technology entrepreneurs. General Information The purpose of the Patent Replication and Business Plan Competition is to facilitate an exploration of math, science and engineering from a hands-on perspective. This is an in-school program for middle schools, in its third year. Ten schools compete each year. Students are helped by their teacher, with assistance from an agency or corporation with expert knowledge.


Class assignments. Each class or “team” selects an expired patent, and receives a Lego kit. Lego building kits have evolved to where they now contain a wide variety of components including motors, gears, sensors and a control system. The class assignments include replicating the inventions using Lego™ components; developing a business plan for selling the invention; and creating a brochure, and a PowerPoint presentation. The project thus builds business skills as well as technology skills.

Awards program

After the assignments are completed, representatives of the business community and the Maryland Tech Council judge the various submissions by each school and determine the top five. Those five then make their PowerPoint presentation before a selected set of judges at the Business Plan Competition hosted by the Prince George’s Tech Council.

Business partnerships

This program is conducted in partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland Tech Council, and the Prince George’s Tech Council. The Tech Council serves as host of the awards program and promotes the event within the business community.Several organizations serve as technical advisers to the participating middle schools. Participating organizations included AT&T, Bowie State University, City of Bowie, Ernst & Young, Human Vision, PlanetGov, Scheer Partners, University of Maryland and Swales Aerospace

  • 2004 Pilot- Duval High School [Press Release - Word]
  • 2004 Duval High School Business Plan [Word ... PDF]
  • 2004 Duval Buiness Plan Presentation [PPT]
  • Some Video from the Night [WMV - 12 MB (Requires Microrosft Media Player)]

Pictures from the First Annual Prince Geoge's Tech Council Student Business Plan Competition [Description]


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