What do Elon Musk and GCE Have in Common?

On February 7th, Elon Musk successfully launched the biggest, most powerful rocket in the world! He is famous for attempting the seemingly impossible and embracing the possibilities of failure. Students in GCE’s Rocket Science course challenged themselves with designing, building and launching rockets of their own – after multiple failures, the highest launch was 200 feet! As with every GCE course, field experiences help students dive deep into the real-world relevance of classroom learning.

A huge thanks to the following “rocket scientists” who worked with our budding engineers and designers:

Learn more about Rocket Science from the course designer and lead teacher, Aaron Moring-D’Angier.

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And We’re Back!

We spent the first Thursday of Winter Term back at St. Vincent de Paul Center through the Blessings in a Backpackprogram. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. This is our third Community Day working with St. Vincent’s; it is such a great opportunity for us to slow down and connect with each other while doing something meaningful. We are so grateful for this partnership and we can’t wait until we visit again next term.

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The Power of Silence

The Seniors in the Equality class are investigating the guiding question, “How do we investigate in/equality?”. This guiding question will be pursued through two units: History and Herstory. In pursuit of the unit one guiding question, “What is the history of the fight for Equality?”, the students observed and participated in a slient vigil held in honor of victims of human trafficking. On this Field Experience, the students engaged in conversation with activists to learn about the power of protest and the dangers of systemic inequalities perpetrated on the basis of gender and class.

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Truth Manifestos

The Freshmen in the Who Am I? class are investigating the guiding question, “How will I investigate my Self to know who I am?”. This guiding question will be pursued through two units: Truth & Memory and Doubt & Dream. Students will not only examine their own beliefs and experiences to define who they are, they will also study how philosophers have pursued this question throughout history. In the early stages of this soul-searching investigation, these Freshmen philosophers were tasked with writing their own truth manifestos.