Field Experience

Studying Doubt @ International Museum of Surgical Science

In the second unit of the Who Am I? class, the Sophomores have been investigating the question, what do your doubts and dreams say about who you are?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been investigating the philosophies of Descartes and Freud. Students have been examining ideas and concepts in their lives that they are either certain or uncertain of and analyzing how they developed those certainties and uncertainties. As a part of their investigation, they visited the International Museum of Surgical Science to take a look at doubt’s role in the development of medicine and medical practices. Students gained insight into how medical practices that we view as common today, such as hand washing and replacing dirty sheets with new ones, were highly debated before they became common practices.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to gain perspective into how the development of medicine and medical practices was and still is riddled with doubt.

How?

Students will receive a tour of the museum, ask the tour guide questions, and engage with the exhibits.

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Gamer’s Strategy @ Escape Artistry

Students in the Game Changers class have been pursuing the question, how can you harness the power of play?. More specifically, students have been taking a closer look at the thought process behind creating a game during the second unit of the course.  In pursuit of an answer, students have been playing and analyzing a range of games. As a part of this investigation, students took part in The Railcar escape room at Escape Artistry, a company dedicated to producing immersive, imaginative, and innovative escape rooms. The students were given 60 minutes to work together, find clues, solve the riddle, get the key, and escape. It was a truly unique and immersive way to learn about game development and strategies.

Why?

The purpose of this FE was to gain insight into the design of The Railcar escape room, paying close attention to the design process and the importance of playtesting.

How?

Students worked together to successfully escape The Railcar. After playing, students talked to the lead designer of the game to learn about the process of design and refinement.

Building Diddley Bows

Juniors in the Light, Sound, & Time class have been pursuing the guiding question, how do you experience the world around you? Specifically, students are investigating the roles that light, sound, and time play in their lives and examining how each is produced and manipulated through mathematical and scientific concepts. In the second unit, sound, students are challenged to build a diddley bow, a one string instrument that influenced the development of the blues sound. The planning and construction of this instrument allowed the students to explore the purpose of each part of an instrument in creating the desired sounds.

Field Experience

Listening Closely @ Chicago Hearing Society

In the second unit of the Light, Sound, and Time class, the Juniors have been pursuing the question, what is sound?. In pursuit of an answer, students examined the role that hearing plays in their lives and identified differences and similarities between the concepts, silence, noise, sound, and music.  In addition to studying those concepts, students have also investigated the components of sound, how it travels, and how it is measured.  The Juniors visited the Chicago Hearing Society (CHS), an organization that provides programs and services that improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, to gain a fresh perspective and appreciation for our sense of hearing.

Why?

The purpose of this FE is to gain a fresh perspective and appreciation for our sense of hearing and learn more about options and solutions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

How?

Students will engage with people in the deaf and hard of hearing community to understand their relationships with sound and to gain some insight into how they interact and connect with the world around them.

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Zero Emissions @ Tesla

In the second unit of the Fuel class, the Freshmen have been pursuing the question, how does matter become energy?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying the equations for work and power, the differences between kinetic and potential energy, and how to set up mathematical functions using word problems. Students visited the Tesla dealership to learn more about the efficiency and mechanics of these battery-powered vehicles. We talked to the resident expert, Kristopher Evans who told us everything we needed to know to understand the difference between fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, as well as where our electricity comes from and how it gets used.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to see the real-world relationship between energy and transportation, as well as what is possible for energy-efficient vehicles in the future.

How?

At the end of this Field Experience, students will understand Tesla vehicles’ relationship to energy. They will have had engaged in conversation with an expert to understand where energy comes from, how it is transmitted, and how efficient Tesla cars are.