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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Collecting Data on Population @ Oak Woods Cemetery

By Hiu To / October 21, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Sophomores in the Population class visited the Oak Woods Cemetery in Greater Grand Crossing to collect data and identify patterns by looking at tombstones. In the second unit of this…

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Design & Engineering @ The Recyclery Collective

By Hiu To / October 13, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts at The Recyclery Collective in Rogers Park to learn about the mechanics of bikes and the purposes that different types…

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Art of Photojournalism @ Weinberg/Newton Gallery

By Hiu To / September 29, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Seniors in the Journalism class visited artist and photojournalist, Krista Wortendyke’s exhibit, Killing Season Chicago at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery to examine the power of photographs. The students have been pursuing…

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The Physics of Gardening @ Home Depot

By Hiu To / September 27, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am 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 23, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am 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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Epic Entrepreneurs @ Epic Burger

By Hiu To / May 5, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

The Seniors in the Entrepreneurship course took their learning to a local burger shop to talk about the business behind a successful restaurant. Epic Burger is a local burger shop…

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Sound Meditation: A Journey Within

By GCE Lab School / April 29, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Seniors embarked on a transformative journey within themselves with the help of Preston Klik, who demonstrated instruments used for sound meditation and led the meditation for the group.

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The Life of Coffee @ Dark Matter

By Hiu To / April 21, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Freshmen in the Food For Thought class went to Dark Matter’s Mothership Coffeeshop to learn about the life of coffee. Students were greeted with cups of coffee upon entering the…

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You Are Energy @ Museum of Science of Industry

By Hiu To / March 7, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Freshmen in Who Am I? and Fuel spent the day at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was a day full of learning through experimentation and play. For Fuel,…

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Seeing the World through a Pinhole @ Latin School

By GCE Lab School / February 11, 2016
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am 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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3D Printing the Body @ VisMed3D

By GCE Lab School / December 11, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Why? The purpose of this FE is to to see examples of what can be done with 3D printers. How? Students will learn more about 3D printers, how they work,…

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History through Murals in Pilsen

By Hiu To / November 23, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Why? Students will investigate the dynamic relationships between murals and the spaces that they occupy. How? Students will learn about the culture and history of Pilsen by observing the murals…

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Collaborating on the Fly

By Hiu To / November 6, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

The students in the Elective course, If These Walls Could Talk explored the art of collaboration on their first day of class. If These Walls Could Talk is an Art…

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Reclaiming Our Water @ MWRD

By Hiu To / October 26, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Why? Students will understand the water cycle and see the process of transforming dirty water into a clean, potable resource.

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Project-based learning at City Farm in Chicago

Sustainability @ City Farm

By admin / October 14, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Why? In unit 3 of the MDGs & You course, students are studying Millennium Development Goals 6, 7, and 8. On their trip to City Farm, students focused on MDG…

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Physics of Tools @ Home Depot

The Physics of Tools @ Home Depot

By admin / September 18, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

Why? We are studying tools, specifically the difference between mediocre gardening tools and great gardening tools so that we can then design our own. How? We will be talking to…

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Project-based Design & Engineering Project

Design Thinking @ gravity tank

By admin / September 10, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

What? 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…

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Investigative Reporting @ Invisible Institute

By admin / September 10, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 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…

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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
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 am CST

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GCE at Chicago Architectural Foundation

Building a City @ Chicago Architecture Foundation

By Hiu To / April 15, 2015
November 29, 2021 @ 4:16 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…

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