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Tracy Van Niel, FCSI, CCS
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Username: tracy_van_niel

Post Number: 234
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I'm going to be helping teach an in-house MF2004 session and want to do a "fun" activity related to the topic of what MF is used for ...

Quizzes are boring! Any suggestions for a MF related fun activity that would take up about 10 or 15 minutes of time would be greatly appreciated.

Marc C Chavez
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Username: mchavez

Post Number: 271
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

During the MAI training we were asked to create a device (with paper cups and pipe cleaners I believe) and then come up with the section number for it. Between the funny creations and the numbers it was funny. It did take more than 15 minutes though.
Sheldon Wolfe
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Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 295
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Use the pictures in the Southern Fried Architect and have them guess what section to use.
Sheryl Dodd-Hansen, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, MAI, SCIP
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Username: sheryldh

Post Number: 29
Registered: 09-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Before I remembered my username and password, I posted a couple of responses that haven't shown up yet, including the instructions for the "Make It" exercise Marc remembers fondly, as well as one called "Spec It". These and others are posted on csinet.org under Professional Development, MasterFormat Education Programs, MasterFormat Accredited Instructor Community. Try that - or check the list of people who did the MAI training, who presumably still have access to all that information. Or, you can contact the Professional Development Department at Institute headquarters.
Sheryl Dodd-Hansen, FCSI, CCS (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The following are the instructions for the exercise Marc mentioned - glad he remembered it fondly.

MasterFormat 2004 - MAKE IT EXERCISE
1. GENERAL: Groups of 5 or 6 will use the materials provided (paper, tape, markers, paper clips), plus anything else they
may have in their personal effects, to create a representation of an item to be identified in a level 3, 4, or 5 Number
and Title. *
2. REPRESENTATION: Can be a drawing, or a word description, and/or a folded/taped/embellished construction paper
3. ORAL PRESENTATION: One person from each group will give a maximum 30-second presentation of their item and
its number and title.
a. Items can be fictional and, obviously, user-defined. Cleverness of presentation will be considered.
b. Groups may work as individuals and determine among themselves whose item should be verbally presented, or
the group can work together to create one common item.
5. PROJECT TIME: 15 minutes plus break time as needed; presentations will follow the break.
6. WINNERS: Items will be displayed for the remainder of the day; participants will use the stickers in the packets to
vote on the most interesting representation and presentation. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.
* Levels: (Refer to Applications Guide, pages 3 and 4)
Level 3 would be a six-digit number ending in numbers other than 00
Level 4 would be an eight-digit number comprised of six-digits plus a decimal point and two more digits to give more specific
definition of the item
Level 5 is user-defined and can have additional characters after a second decimal point
Example: A fan could be specified in Section 23 34 12 - Air Distribution Fan, or Section 23 34 12.10 - Folded Air Distribution Fan, or
Section 23 34 12.10.Hand-Held Folded Fan.
Sheryl Dodd-Hansen, FCSI, CCS (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I called another exercise "Spec It", where the group was shown various construction-related items which they had to identify and then look up the section numbers and titles they would use to specify the items. It takes more of the instructor's time but you can have some fun roaming Lowes looking for interesting things like vinyl tile and electrical junction boxes. It's interesting in two ways - helping them recognize the items and then looking things up in the Keyword Index to get to the appropriate section. If each person works separately, you can give prizes for the most number correct - of course "correct" means it matches the instructor's answers.
Tracy Van Niel, FCSI, CCS
Senior Member
Username: tracy_van_niel

Post Number: 235
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 03:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks, everyone! I really like all of the suggestions and now need to decide how to include as many as possible and still leave some time for my co-presenter!
Bob Johnson (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 04:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

One thing to remember in these types of exercises is that MasterFormat is not designed to be a system to classify items but rather work results. Particular items may specified in multiple different locations in MasterFormat. If you are going to use an MasterFormat exercise involving items, it would be well to include some examples where the answer for a particular item is not one location but multiple locations to illustrate what MasterFormat is and is not.
David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
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Username: david_axt

Post Number: 971
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 04:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

When I taught the CSI CDT study group, I always wanted to have a "Jeopardy" type game where the contestants would guess the Division for a particular item (or work result). Just like the real game, the first would be easy then it would get harder.

Maybe you could make the game open book and have the contestants choose the specific section.
Tracy Van Niel, FCSI, CCS
Senior Member
Username: tracy_van_niel

Post Number: 236
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 09:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Jeopardy was one of the first things I thought of too. When I was on the Institute's Education Committee (back in the "olden days" when all of the REC's were still making a trip to Alexandria as an orientation), we came up with a Jeopardy style game as part of our REC orientation.
Helaine K. Robinson CSI CCS CCCA SCIP
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Username: hollyrob

Post Number: 352
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 11:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks Folks!

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