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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Farm to Table at Big Delicious Planet

By Hiu To / April 26, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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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Studying Ecosystems at Patchwork Farms

By GCE Lab School / April 22, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

The Freshmen taking Food have been pursuing the guiding question, What does a balanced ecosystem look like?. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students are investigating the types…

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A Test of Endurance

By GCE Lab School / April 19, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

Seniors in Endurance are investigating the journeys of endurance of historical fictional and non-fictional heroes. They are tasked with answering the guiding question, How do you endure mental and physical…

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Eat Your Neighborhood with Odd Produce

By Hiu To / April 19, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

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

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From Farm to Cup at Metropolis Coffee Company

By Hiu To / April 11, 2019
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June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

Freshman in the Food For Thought class went to Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. Students were welcomed into the state-of-the-art roastery where…

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The Truth Behind MPG at Tesla

By Hiu To / March 8, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

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…

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Experiencing Sound at the Chicago Music Exchange

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / February 28, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 pm CDT

In the second unit of the course, Light, Sound, and Time, the Juniors have been investigating the guiding question, What does life sound like?. As a part of their investigation,…

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Defining Dogma at the Muslim Community Center

By Sharon Holmes / February 28, 2019
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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
June 26, 2022 @ 2:53 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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