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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Design with Empathy @ Working Bikes

By Hiu To / October 18, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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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Chicago Idols @ Chicago History Museum

By Hiu To / April 11, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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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Studying Doubt @ International Museum of Surgical Science

By Hiu To / February 10, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

In the second unit of the Who Am I? class, the Sophomores have been investigating the question, what do your doubts and dreams say about who you are?. In pursuit…

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Gamer’s Strategy @ Escape Artistry

By Hiu To / February 7, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

Students in the Game Changers class have been pursuing the question, how can you harness the power of play?. More specifically, students have been taking a closer look at the thought…

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Listening Closely @ Chicago Hearing Society

By Hiu To / February 3, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

In the second unit of the Light, Sound, and Time class, the Juniors have been pursuing the question, what is sound?. In pursuit of an answer, students examined the role that…

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Zero Emissions @ Tesla

By Hiu To / February 1, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

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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Our Memories, Our Truth @ St. Paul’s House

By Hiu To / January 30, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

Freshmen in the Who Am I? class have been purusing the question, What do your truths and memories say about who you are?. In pursuit of an answer, students have…

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From the Classroom to the Darkroom @ Latin School

By Hiu To / January 18, 2017
December 1, 2022 @ 4:57 pm CST

Juniors in the Light, Sound, and Time class made pinhole cameras to better understand how our eyes react to light. To test out their homemade cameras, students visited the darkroom…

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