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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Urban Foraging with Odd Produce

By Hiu To / May 7, 2018
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

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 this…

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From Bean to Cup @ Metropolis Coffee Company

By Hiu To / May 1, 2018
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April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Freshmen 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…

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The Walls As Canvas

By Hiu To / April 26, 2018
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April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

This Spring term, the students in Art are planning and installing an orginal mural inside the school. Before the muralists begin work on the walls, they must understand why and…

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The Power of Silence

By Hiu To / February 11, 2018
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

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…

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Examining Our Truth @ Poetry Foundation

By Hiu To / December 6, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Students in the Poetic Justice course visited the Poetry Foundation to investigate the guiding question, “What story is yours to tell?”. In the first unit of this Humanities Elective course, students…

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Machines vs Humans @ mHUB

By Hiu To / December 6, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Students in the Rapid Prototyping course visited mHUB to investigate the vast possibilities of rapid prototyping. mHUB is Chicago’s innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. The students have been investigating…

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Art as a Weapon @ Gage Gallery

By Hiu To / November 17, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Students in the Poetic Justice course visited Gage Gallery to view the Nowhere People: The Children exhibit. The students drew inspiration from the photographs in the exhibit to write an ekphrastic…

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Design with Empathy @ Working Bikes

By Hiu To / October 18, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to bike expert, Andrew at Working Bikes in Pilsen to learn about the mechanics of bikes and the purposes that different types…

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The Power of Design @ Beyond Design

By Hiu To / October 8, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 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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Assessing Risk @ Capital One Café

By Hiu To / October 1, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Seniors in the Economics class met with a financial consultant at the Capital One Café. In this STEAM course, students are pursuing the guiding question, how do we make choices…

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Rhetoric of Revolt @ The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial

By Hiu To / September 27, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 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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Lunch is Served @ Lincoln Park Community Shelter

By Hiu To / September 27, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

Freshmen in the SDGs & You class cooked and served lunch to the guests at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. In this Humanities course, students have been pursuing the guiding…

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The Physics of Gardening Tools @ Home Depot

By Hiu To / September 26, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 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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Carrying Water @ The Chicago River

By Hiu To / September 19, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 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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Circuit Training @ Robot City Workshop

By Hiu To / May 16, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

The Juniors in the Urban Planning class have been pursuing the guiding question, how do you design a shared space to minimize the use of resources & maximize the quality of…

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Urban Farming @ Chicago Patchwork Farms

By Hiu To / May 1, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

The Freshmen in the Food class have been pursuing the guiding question, what does a balanced ecosystem look like?. In the first External investigation of this STEAM course, students are investigating…

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Boot Camp @ The Japanese Cultural Center

By Hiu To / April 28, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 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 @ Big Delicious Planet

By Hiu To / April 21, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

The Freshmen in the Food class have been pursuing the guiding question, what is the ecology of planting?. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students are exploring what…

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Music as Language @ Electrical Audio

By Hiu To / April 11, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

In the Mixtapes elective course, students have been investigating the guiding question, how will you make meaning from music?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been learning about the…

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Rethinking Success @ The Chicago Lighthouse

By Hiu To / April 11, 2017
April 16, 2021 @ 8:19 pm CDT

In the M.A.G.I.C. (Mentoring Achievement of Goals and Inspiring Champions) elective course, students have been investigating the question, who are your guiding lights and how do they help you achieve…

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