Presentation at 2020 Virtual Conference of The Ohio Council for the Social Studies


The Think Tank to Shark Tank materials were developed through several iterations of hosting a Think Tank to Shark Tank summer camp beginning in 2014 at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.  Through generous funding from Burton D. Morgan Foundation in 2019, the student materials, videos, and website were created.

The University’s Barker Center for Economic Education and the Urban STEM Center partnered together to create these materials.  They can also offer consultation or professional development on the facilitation of the materials to either informal camp settings or to teachers for implementation within the classroom. To find out more, contact either of the centers.


Partnering Centers:

Presentation of Curriculum at 2020 Virtual Conference of OCSS

The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education

Dr. Brad Maguth

The Urban STEM Center

Ms. Karen Plaster


Research Team

Lynne M. Pachnowski, Ph.D.
Professor, Education
Think Tank to Shark Tank Teacher and Student Materials Project Director


Ed Evans, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Engineering Consultant


Produced with funds provided by Burton D. Morgan Foundation


*Think Tank to Shark Tank: From Engineering to Entrepreneurship is in no way affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by Sony Corporation or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.