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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Defining Dogma at the Muslim Community Center

By Sharon Holmes / February 28, 2019
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

The Sophomores in Forbidden Books have been investigating the guiding question, How are minds fanaticized?. Specifically, the students have been examining why books have been forbidden for dogmatic reasons through…

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Looking Through a Pinhole

By Hiu To / February 13, 2019
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

The Juniors in Light, Sound, and Time have been focusing on light and investigating the guiding question: What would life look like without light? . In order to illuminate answers…

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Closing the Loop at The Plant Chicago

By Hiu To / January 11, 2019
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

In the third unit of the Biomimicry Elective, the students have been investigating the guiding question, What would a fungus do?. In this unit, students have been investigating fungi and their…

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Want Not, Waste Not at The WasteShed

By Hiu To / January 7, 2019
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Students in the Game Changers Elective have been pursuing the guiding question, How do game components come together?. In this unit of this game design course, students have been examining…

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From Page to Stage

By Hiu To / December 7, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

The students in the Ollywood elective have been investigating the elements of film and film critique. As a part of their investigation, they were challenged to bring famous movie scripts to…

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Location Scouting @ Lower Wacker Drive

By Hiu To / November 19, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Students in the Ollywood Elective have been pursuing the guiding question, What makes a movie a movie?. In this course, students have taken on the role of a film critic…

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Studying Sustainability at Interface

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / November 19, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

In the first unit of the Biomimicry Elective, the students have been investigating the guiding question, What would a plant do?. In this course, students are studying the concept of…

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Exploration Before Innovation

By Hiu To / November 13, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

The students in the Innovative School Design workshop have been assigned to think about the design of our new facility. They ventured out to explore a space that could potentially…

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Feeling Climate Change @ The Lincoln Park Conservatory

By Hiu To / October 25, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

In the final unit of the Water class, the Freshman have been investigating the guiding question, How can you utilize water to predict the weather?. In pursuit of an answer,…

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Examining Photojournalism @ The Gage Gallery

By Hiu To / October 25, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

In the final unit of the Journalism course, the Seniors have been investigating the guiding question, How does photojournalism help you see the world?. As a part of this investigation,…

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Fluttering through Evolution @ the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

By Gimena / October 15, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Hello, I’m a Sophmore at GCE Lab School. Recently, our class traveled to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, founded in 1857 by the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Visiting the Peggy Notebaert…

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Studying Motion and Design at On the Route Bikes

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / October 15, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to a bike expert at On The Route Bicycles to learn about the mechanics of bikes and the purposes that different types…

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Physics in the Garden at Home Depot

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / September 30, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts from the gardening department at Home Depot to investigate the physics of gardening tools. In the first unit of this…

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Experiencing Visual Rhetoric at the Living Memorial in Marquette Park

By Brent Mix / September 30, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Juniors in the Rhetoric class met with Alia Bilal from Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial in Marquette Park. Students have been…

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The Design Process @ Beyond Design

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / September 30, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class met with Michael Prince, the president of Beyond Design. In this STEAM course, students are investigating what it means to be a designer.…

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Forced From Home in Daley Plaza

By Sharon Holmes / September 30, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

The Sophomore Stories class and Senior Journalism class visited Forced From Home, an interactive exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders to educate the public about the refugee crisis. GCE students engaged with…

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Mastering Rhetoric with Troy LaRaviere

By Brent Mix / September 25, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 pm CDT

I first became interested in the work and activism of Troy LaRaviere from hearing and reading news reports (mostly on WBEZ and the Reader) about his refusal to implement educational…

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Attending to Human Needs @ Lincoln Park Community Shelter

By Brent Mix / September 20, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 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…

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Carrying Water @ The Chicago River

By Hiu To / September 13, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 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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Endurance Bootcamp with Sensei Lavin

By Hiu To / May 22, 2018
September 23, 2021 @ 4:49 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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