But Why? Curiosity Activity

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Curiosity and Youth Entrepreneurship Lessons
Curiosity is an essential trait of entrepreneurs. At its most basic, curiosity can be as simple as asking “Why?” But you don’t have to stop with your first question! Sometimes the true answer requires asking “Why?” multiple times.

The But Why? technique provides a framework for student curiosity that helps them discover underlying cause of a challenge, issue, or problem they’ve identified. This technique applies to challenges of all sizes, from the classic question of “Why did the chicken cross the road?” to much larger societal problems.

Ready to start asking “but why?” Fill out the form below to download the full activity and youth activity sheet. (Need help selecting an issue, challenge, or problem to explore with this technique? Try first going on an observation walk!)

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