Project-based design & engineering at Alt Cycles in Chciago Field Experience

Empathetic Design @ Alt Cycles

Why?

We are studying bicycles, their evolution and how they are put together, so we can then design our own.

How?

We will be talking to a bike shop employee about the parts that make up a bike, their purpose, and the choices designers make when using certain parts over others.

What?

Preparation: Students will have filled out Part 1 of our FE worksheet, beginning the research process.

Process: Once there, they will be labeling all of the parts of a bicycle, and asking questions about what each part does.

GCE at Poetry Foundation Field Experience

Poetry @ Poetry Foundation

Why?

There is an emphasis on the oral tradition in Unit 2, and some students have already expressed an interest in poetry as a form of story-telling. Students will visit the Poetry Foundation and receive an introduction to the organization by its library Director. Afterward, students will have time to explore the Poetry Library.

How?

Students will complete an FE Reflection Guide; they will practice and apply new and prior content/skills (setting, descriptive language). There will also be a new focus on listening/speaking and symbolism as we explore some poetry.

What?

Prior to our visit, we will engage with selections from the Poetry Foundation’s virtual Chicago Poetry Tour to hear and see different stories from and about the city. As we progress through the course, we will continue to study the stories poems tell.

GCE at Oxfam Field Experience

Poverty, Hunger, and Injustice @ Oxfam

Why?

All Chicago and Oxfam address Millennium Development Goals 1 which strives to eradicate poverty. The purpose of All Chicago is to address homelessness in Chicago through a systems approach. The purpose of Oxfam is to eradicate poverty globally by empowering the countries and people that need aid.

How?

Students learned about the many programs that All Chicago supports to prevent homelessness in Chicago. It was particularly interesting for students to learn about scholarship opportunities and support services for college students. Students also learned about the lack of housing available for homeless youth in Chicago.

During the Oxfam presentation Adam shared resources about representing those in need with dignity and empowering them to have a hand in their own aid. http://saih.no/english/our-work/information He also taught students about Hunger Banquets which GCE students will host on their own.