Field Experiences

GCE is unique for the way we use our amazing city as a classroom. We’re proud of the way we help students to explore all Chicago has to offer.

The Field Experience (FE) Program exposes students to real-world environments where they explore their interests, apply what they’ve learned in the classroom, and expand their knowledge through firsthand interactions of local and global consequence.

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Carrying Water @ The Chicago River

By Hiu To / October 4, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Freshmen in the Water class visited the Chicago River to collect water. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, why is water…

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Exploring the Journey of Coffee with Metropolis Coffee

By Brent Mix / May 11, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

For the past two years, students in the Food For Thought class have visited the Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. They’ve toured…

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A Virtual Eat Your Neighborhood Tour with Dave Odd

By Hiu To / April 25, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

The students in the Food For Thought class are investigating the guiding question, How are food systems shaped and how do they shape the world?. As a part of this…

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Examining Policy with Connie Jordan

By Brent Mix / April 20, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Juniors are taking a course called Policy. The first Unit, called “Legislate,” investigates the ways that policy happens through legislative bodies. For the most part, our curriculum focuses on the…

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Getting Physical and Philosophical with Jason Bender

By Brent Mix / March 13, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Students in Who Am I? journeyed up to Andersonville’s Cheetah Gym to take an introductory jiu-jitsu class with Jason Bender of Bender Fitness. While the study of martial arts might seem miles…

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Philosophizing in the Modern World at New Acropolis

By Brent Mix / February 15, 2020
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

At GCE, our mission of connecting our studies to real-world situations and activities with a global focus finds quite a bit of overlap with New Acropolis, who define their work…

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Spaces as Public Art at Design Museum of Chicago

By Hiu To / December 12, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Students in Drawing Lines have been investigating the concept of placemaking specifically through art. So far in their investigation, they’ve looked at how public artworks may create places where people…

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Musing over Murals with Pilsen Public Art Tours

By Hiu To / December 10, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

The students in the Drawing Lines course have been examining the power of public art in educating and uniting a community. As a part of their investigation, they studied the…

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Rapid Prototyping with The James Dyson Foundation

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / November 7, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Students in Design & Engineering received a visit from a team of designers and engineers from the James Dyson Foundation. We have a longstanding partnership with the Dyson Foundation, and…

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Envisioning the Future of Bicycles at Earth Rider

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / November 7, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Juniors in Design & Engineering visited Earth Rider, a full-service, woman-owned bike shop to learn from store-owner and bike expert, Sharon. Sharon is a League Cycling Instructor and a certified…

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Working with Bikes at Working Bikes

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / November 3, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Juniors in Design & Engineering met with Anna, the volunteer coordinator at Working Bikes in Pilsen to learn about the anatomy and the mechanics of bikes. In the second unit…

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Better Design at the Greater Good Studio

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / October 25, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Juniors in Design & Engineering have been pursuing the guiding question, How does design process impact product and experience?. Specifically, students have been investigating the design of gardening tools and…

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Carrying Water @ The Chicago River

By Hiu To / September 29, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Freshmen in the Water class visited the Chicago River to collect water. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, why is water…

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Studying the Chicago River on a Water Taxi

By Hiu To / September 29, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

In the first Unit of the Water class, the Freshmen have been pursuing the guiding question, Why is water so common yet so rare?. As a part of their investigation,…

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Investigating the Economics of Rideshare at the Chicago Lyft Hub

By Hiu To / September 29, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

The Seniors in the Economics course have been investigating the guiding question, How do we make choices in a world of limited resources and limited time?. In the course, students…

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Creation Stories with Lily Be

By GCE Lab School / September 16, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

In the first unit of the Stories course, Creation, students explored stories from a variety of cultures that try to provide answers to the questions: Why does the world exist?,…

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Meeting Human Needs at Lincoln Park Community Service

By Brent Mix / September 15, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

Unit I of SDGs & You is entitled Access, and it asks students to investigate the first, second, and fourth Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, No Hunger, and Quality Education (respectively).…

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Creating Drama at The Goodman Theater

By Hiu To / May 16, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

In the Sophomore Humanities course, Drama, the students have been investigating the guiding question, How does drama stage and heal our roles in society?. Specifically, they have been studying how…

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Going Beyond Our Limits with Sensei Lavin

By Hiu To / May 1, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

The Seniors in the Endurance class have been pursuing the guiding question, how much are you willing to endure to change the world?. In the first unit of this Humanities…

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Farm to Table at Big Delicious Planet

By Hiu To / April 26, 2019
October 25, 2021 @ 2:28 pm CDT

The Freshman in the Food class has been pursuing an answer to the guiding question, What is the ecology of planting?. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students…

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