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GCE at Chicago Architectural Foundation Field Experience

Building a City @ Chicago Architecture Foundation

Why?

For the first unit of Urban Planning, we are studying bridges and building our own. Before we do that, we need to see the big picture of Chicago, the skyscrapers as well as the bridges surrounding the loop, to get a sense of what’s out there.

How?

At the end of this FE, students will have:

  • prepared 3 to 5 thoughtful questions to ask during a meeting
  • taken notes during the talk
  • completed the FE worksheet
  • taken pictures of the most interesting bridges and buildings on our walk
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2015 Spring Term at GCE

Spring Term at GCE began yesterday, April 7th. We are excited to have entered the fourth and final quarter of the school year, but we also know that time quickly passes and sadly, this school year will be behind us. Spring Term is a great time for practicing the skills of running through the finish line, bringing together all the hard work throughout the year. Students must also balance immediate desires for outdoor play with attention to indoor responsibilities; and perhaps most importantly, students enjoy the waning every day moments that build their peer and student-teacher relationships that help make GCE so special. Take a look at what’s ahead this term and look forward to Final Presentations and Graduation at Goodman Theatre on June 4, 2015.

Entrepreneurship: An integrated, project-based high school class

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Credits
  • Math: .5
  • English: .25

Prerequisite understanding of economics and systems thinking serves as the foundation to envision and plan a business venture which you may passionately and realistically pursue. Fueling your inspiration are weekly workshops with successful entrepreneu …

Endurance: An integrated, project-based high school class

Endurance

  • Credits
  • ISS: .25
  • English: .5

How much are you willing to endure to change the world? This course will ask you to face your challenges, and learn endurance through endurance. The content of this course will be felt: you will endure the course not because it is boring, but because i …

Urban Planning: An integrated, project-based high school class

Urban Planning

  • Credits
  • Science: .25
  • Math: .5

How do you design a shared space to minimize the use of resources and maximize the quality of life? In Urban Planning, you will explore 3 systems that intertwine to create the ecosystem of a city: load, power and flow. These topics will allow you to in …

Policy: A High School Humanities Course

Policy

  • Credits
  • ISS: .25
  • English: .5

Policy informs students how to use both rhetoric and argument to agree on a common good, so that living together is sustainable and nurturing. In this course, you will study the decades-long civil rights movement in the U.S. and international social ju …

Cure: An integrated, project-based high school class

Cure

  • Credits
  • Science: .5
  • Math: .25

How do you heal? In the Cure course, you will study revolutions in the history of Western medicine through three units of study: emergency, treatment, and prevention. While each unit focuses on an advancement in Western medicine, the External Investiga …

Drama: An ISS and English High School Course

Drama

  • Credits
  • ISS: .5
  • English: .25

From ancient times, theater has provided an opportunity for communities to stage their challenges and rehearse ways of facing them. The Drama course provides an opportunity to study the history of theater through the lens of gender equality and how soc …

Food: An integrated, project-based high school class

Food

  • Credits
  • Science: .5
  • Math: .25

In the Food course, you will be guided through three different parts of the food cycle as access points to different sciences: Ecology, Chemistry and Genetics. Through hands-on experiences in planning a garden, cooking a meal, and engaging in the debat …

Food For Thought

Food for Thought

  • Credits
  • ISS: .5
  • English: .25

How are food systems shaped, and how do they shape the world? In this course, you will be guided through the cycle of life as a metaphor for the trajectory of our global food system. Using food production as a lens, you will study the history of human …