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The Importance of Prompts

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MAKESHOP is not just for kids, adults are allowed to have fun too.  Every year the Museum hosts an event for the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.  There has always been some kind of building challenge during this event.  This year we prompted the groups to build bridges out of recycled materials.  The bridges did not have to hold a certain weight or be a certain length.  Instead, they were meant to be each groups’ interpretation of what a bridge can be.

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An abstract prompt like this can be daunting for some people.  Many people look for some kind of instruction when building something.  We don’t always have the instructions for projects in MAKESHOP.  In fact, the process of developing your own instructions is a valuable skill.  We pushed these business students to think outside the box and create a unique statement with their bridge.  A simple prompt and the right materials can really help a group build something special.  A prompt can give a group of students something to focus on while still allowing for flexibility in the building process.  How can you build a bridge?  There are a lot of ways to answer that question.

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-Kevin

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