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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Investigative Reporting @ Invisible Institute

By admin / September 10, 2015
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? The Invisible Institute is a journalistic organization operating on the city’s south side that seeks to not only report news, but also to inspire dialogue. In this sense, it is firmly rooted in the democratic function of journalism, and focuses on investigative reporting that seeks to affect real change in the social and political…

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MDGs Project-based Course at Academy for Global Citizenship

Millennium Development Goals @ Academy for Global Citizenship

By Hiu To / April 29, 2015
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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GCE at Chicago Architectural Foundation

Building a City @ Chicago Architecture Foundation

By Hiu To / April 15, 2015
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? For the first unit of Urban Planning, we are studying bridges and building our own. Before we do that, we need to see the big picture of Chicago, the skyscrapers as well as the bridges surrounding the loop, to get a sense of what’s out there. How? At the end of this FE, students…

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GCE exporing Vivien Maier

Chicago History Through Vivian Maier @ Chicago History Museum

By Hiu To / February 11, 2015
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? We are studying photojournalism in our first unit, and have learned about the discovery, several years ago, of Vivian Maier’s Chicago street photography. We are going to visit the Vivian Maier’s Chicago exhibit at the museum, as well as discover a Chicago railroad photographer’s work. How? Students will complete an FE Reflection Guide; they…

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Project-based learning at Royal George Theater

Anatomy of Performance Space @ Royal George Theater

By Hiu To / November 19, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? Students will see what they have been investigating on blueprints. They will get to see the layout of an established theater and make deductions based on what is available to patrons in terms of amenities. How? The students will prepare a question to ask and write a response based on what they were able…

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Marty McConnell at GCE

Story Forming with Marty McConnell

By Hiu To / October 16, 2014
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December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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Exploring Equality at Jane Addams Hull-House

Exploring Equality @ Jane Addams Hull-House

By Hiu To / October 15, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? Students are studying the Hero’s Journey during their final Unit, and are being asked to analyze examples of heroes who passed through the stages of the journey, both fictional and real. While we have focused on fiction throughout the term, students will have an opportunity to study a real, local hero by actually exploring…

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design focused project-based learning

Design Process & Prototyping @ gravity tank

By Hiu To / October 9, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? This term we are studying design, and how to make things better. The purpose of this FE is to io introduce the class to professional designers, and to get them to start thinking like designers. How? To do this, we will be touring the gravitytank office, talking to professional designers and completing a design/empathy…

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Labor

Economics & Equality in Labor @ Chicago Teachers Union

By Hiu To / October 8, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? Students engage experts about labor unions and labor laws.

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Exploring history through art

History Through Art @ DePaul Art Museum

By Hiu To / October 8, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? Unit 2 of Rhetoric is focused on rhetoric that unites, and the students have studied speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Students have also been practicing evaluating other media, specifically visual art, for rhetorical devices. Studying different kinds of texts has been eliciting insights and…

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Commercial Food Cycle

From Grower to Grocer

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? The purpose of this Field Experience is to follow the life of fruits and vegetables to understand the different hierarchies and patterns of labor throughout the food’s journey from earth to mouth.

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Collecting sample for water project

Testing Ph of Collected Water

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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Project-based design & engineering at Alt Cycles in Chciago

Empathetic Design @ Alt Cycles

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? We are studying bicycles, their evolution and how they are put together, so we can then design our own. How? We will be talking to a bike shop employee about the parts that make up a bike, their purpose, and the choices designers make when using certain parts over others. What? Preparation: Students will…

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GCE at Poetry Foundation

Poetry @ Poetry Foundation

By Hiu To / September 24, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? There is an emphasis on the oral tradition in Unit 2, and some students have already expressed an interest in poetry as a form of story-telling. Students will visit the Poetry Foundation and receive an introduction to the organization by its library Director. Afterward, students will have time to explore the Poetry Library. How?…

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GCE learning econ and value with Royal Pawn

Risk & Value @ Royal Pawn

By Hiu To / September 17, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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GCE at Oxfam

Poverty, Hunger, and Injustice @ Oxfam

By Hiu To / September 17, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

Why? All Chicago and Oxfam address Millennium Development Goals 1 which strives to eradicate poverty. The purpose of All Chicago is to address homelessness in Chicago through a systems approach. The purpose of Oxfam is to eradicate poverty globally by empowering the countries and people that need aid. How? Students learned about the many programs…

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Anatomy Project at PetSmart

Anatomy @ PetSmart

By Hiu To / September 10, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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Project-based learning water course

Understanding Personal Water Consumption @ Chicago River

By Hiu To / September 10, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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Project-based Learning Econ at PWC

Economics @ PWC

By Hiu To / September 10, 2014
December 5, 2020 @ 8:20 am CST

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