Creating Stage Magic

Creating Stage Magic

For the Stage Chemistry Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What would my theater look like? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The Goodman Theater partners with students throughout Chicago who par …

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Building a Guitar

Building a Guitar

For the Light, Sound, & Time class, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question: Who says you need to buy a guitar? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The Landfill Harmonic has just arrived in Chicago for a one-week stay, an …

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Picturing Yourself

Picturing Yourself

For the Systems & Models Course, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question: How do you picture yourself? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The purpose of this Action Project is to synthesize all of the information that yo …

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Video Movie Critiques

Video Movie Critiques

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How can you critique the elements of film production? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “At the Movies was Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s movie …

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Designing a Game

Designing a Game

For the second Action Project in Game Changers, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:   What game will you create? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are a game designer. You have created a game, from concep …

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Composing a Hit

Composing a Hit

For the second Action Project in Radio-rithmetic, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:   How do you compose a hit? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: A record company is promoting a mashup contest wherein stude …

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Analyzing a Song

Analyzing a Song

For the first Action Project in Radio-rithmetic, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: Why do you love this beat? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are lucky enough to get an internship combining your personal a …

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From Lake to Potable

From Lake to Potable

For the second Action Project in H20, GCE Freshman investigated the following guiding question: How prepared are you in case of a water crisis? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: There was a flood in your city, and all water sources hav …

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Bring Awareness to Water Usage

Bring Awareness to Water Usage

For the first Action Project in Water, GCE Freshmen investigated the following guiding question: How can we raise awareness about global water usage? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Water for People is a non-profit organization that …

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Speech Writer for a Day

Speech Writer for a Day

For the first Action Project in Rhetoric, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question: How will you apply rhetorical techniques in order to convince others? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You’ve been hired as a speech wr …

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Creation Stories

Creation Stories

For the first Action Project in Stories, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How do you visualize stories of creation? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: In collaboration with NASA’s space colonization program, y …

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The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

For the first Action Project in Journalism, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question: What’s the meaning of life… in 1000 words & 1 photo? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Right before the Holidays, in December 19 …

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Animal Classification

Animal Classification

For the first Action Project in Population, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How can you speak the language of scientists who classify? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “Your local children’s museum is plann …

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The Empathetic Gardener

The Empathetic Gardener

For the first Action Project in Design & Engineering, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question: How do we make better tools? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Garden projects like GCE’s are sprouting up all over citi …

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The True Cost of College

The True Cost of College

For the first Action Project in Economics, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question: How do you determine the value of your college education? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are a high school senior and you are de …

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Like A Plant

Like A Plant

For the first Biomimicry 101 Action Project, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How would a plant…? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are working for a biomimicry design firm, and are in the early stages of …

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Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

For the first If These Walls Could Talk Action Project, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What image would you create to address a neighborhood’s needs? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The city you live in is …

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Gender Equality Across the Globe

Gender Equality Across the Globe

For the second MDGs & You Action Project, GCE Freshman students investigated the following guiding question: How does gender equality compare in different countries? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Gender inequality is everywhere, bu …

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From Lake to Potable

From Lake to Potable

For the second H20 Action Project, GCE Freshman investigated the following guiding question: How prepared are you in case of a water crisis? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: There was a flood in your city, and all water sources have b …

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The Economics of College

The Economics of College

For the first Economics Action Project, GCE Senior students investigated the following guiding question: How do you determine the value of your college education? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are a high school senior and you a …

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Empathetic Garden Tools

Empathetic Garden Tools

For the first Design & Engineering Action Project, GCE Junior students investigated the following guiding question: How do we make better tools? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Garden projects like GCE’s are sprouting up all over …

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An Equipped Learner

An Equipped Learner

For our Summer Institute Program, Chicago high school and middle school teachers and students investigated the question: How may we become master learners? Teachers and students from schools across Chicago focused their attention on inquiry- and projec …

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Shakespearean Sonnets

Shakespearean Sonnets

For the Drama Course, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How would you give advice as a sonnet? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Chicago Shakespeare Theater started a public call for reviving the sonnet as a p …

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The Impact of Diseases

The Impact of Diseases

For the first Disease Action Project, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How do we map the impact of diseases in our body systems? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are a medical specialist who has been ask …

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Pinhole Cameras

Pinhole Cameras

For the first Light & Sound Action Project, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question: Who says you need to buy a camera? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Cameras get faster and lighter by the day. Nowadays, most sma …

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The Meanings of Life

The Meanings of Life

For the first Journalism Action Project, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question: What’s the meaning of life… in 1000 words & 1 photo? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Right before the Holidays, in December 1988, …

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Podcast Movie Analyses- An Ollywood Online Installation

Podcast Movie Analyses- An Ollywood Online Installation

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How can you critique the elements of film post-production? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “National Public Radio is hosting a competition fo …

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Video Movie Critiques—An Ollywood Online Installation

Video Movie Critiques—An Ollywood Online Installation

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How can you critique the elements of film production? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “At the Movies was Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s movie …

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Patterns of Genius- a Five Faces Online Installation

Patterns of Genius- a Five Faces Online Installation

For the Five Faces of Genius Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What patterns emerge by studying genius in others? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: “You are a curator at the Art Institute of Chi …

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Movie Critiques- an Ollywood Online Installation

Movie Critiques- an Ollywood Online Installation

For the Ollywood Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How can we critique the elements of film pre-production? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, t …

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Theater Blueprint – a Stage Chemistry Online Installation

Theater Blueprint – a Stage Chemistry Online Installation

For the Stage Chemistry Elective Course, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What would my theater look like? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The Goodman Theater partners with students throughout Chicago who par …

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Chronic Strips: A Cure Online Installation

Chronic Strips: A Cure Online Installation

For the Cure Course, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: What did the Liver say to the Acetaminophen? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund) is very concerned abo …

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Resolutions- A Policy Online Installation

Resolutions- A Policy Online Installation

For the Policy Course, GCE Juniors investigated the following guiding question: How do we contextualize the need for a policy? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The city’s aldermen have put out a call for resolutions regarding places i …

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Shakespearean Sonnets- A Drama Online Installation

Shakespearean Sonnets- A Drama Online Installation

For the Drama Course, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question: How would you give advice as a sonnet? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Chicago Shakespeare Theater started a public call for reviving the sonnet as a p …

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The Life of Food- A Food for Thought Online Installation

The Life of Food- A Food for Thought Online Installation

For the Food For Thought Course, GCE Freshmen investigated the following guiding question: What is the history of food, from center of origin to your table?  Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: After the success of their exhibit “Seeds o …

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Spring Courses – An Online Installation

Spring Courses – An Online Installation

Spring… finally! We can only express our post-winter feelings by quoting Pablo Neruda: Nada puede contener todo el sol en las banderas de la primavera invencible” (“Nothing can contain the entire sun on the banners of the invincible spring”). This is …

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ASL & DHH Immersion- An Experiential Term Online Installation

ASL & DHH Immersion- An Experiential Term Online Installation

For the Experiential Term, GCE Students investigated the following guiding question: How may we live “another person’s” life and “step into their shoes”?  Students were asked this guiding question and spent 4 weeks living into the answer by immersing t …

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The Mind- A Disease Online Installation

The Mind- A Disease Online Installation

For the second Disease Action Project, GCE Sophomores investigated the following guiding question:How does someone with a mental disorder feel? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The World Health Organization (WHO) started a campaign to …

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Winter Courses – An Online Installation

Winter Courses – An Online Installation

Welcome to glacial weather, hot chocolate, and lots of new courses. In one word: the Winter term!This is the time of the year when reflective projects challenge students to dive deep into themselves: Freshmen investigate what fuels our society in STEM, …

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The Value of a Franchise- An Online Installation

The Value of a Franchise- An Online Installation

For the second Action Project in the 82 Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: Why do cities that pursue professional sports franchises become battlegrounds for competing interests?  Here’s the scenario students were c …

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Freedom Songs- An Online Installation

Freedom Songs- An Online Installation

For the first Action Project in the Global Peace Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: If not me, who? If not now, when? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History Project …

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Like a Tree- An Online Installation

Like a Tree- An Online Installation

For the first Action Project in the Bioneers 101 Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How would a tree…?  Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are working for a biomimicry design firm, and are in …

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Our Beautiful Garden – An Online Installation

Our Beautiful Garden – An Online Installation

For the first Action Project in the You Are Beautiful Arts Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: How do you reclaim public space through art?  Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: As vacant lots and aban …

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Elective Courses – Online Installation

Elective Courses – Online Installation

Welcome to the Elective term! This is the time when all grade-cohorts get mixed, according to the interests, passions (and credit needs) of students. 🙂 That’s also an opportunity for combining school subjects that are not normally integrated (such as …

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Designing Better Tools – Online Installation

Designing Better Tools – Online Installation

For the first Design & Engineering Action Project, GCE Junior students investigated the following guiding question: How do we make better tools?  Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: Garden projects like GCE’s are sprouting up all ove …

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Reading Lists Installation – Using GoodReads as a School

Reading Lists Installation – Using GoodReads as a School

Visualize a reading list.  Think of the many lines in a bibliography of a syllabus: you need to locate a book, and there are too many lines…  At C2 Labs, our courses also have bibliographies, listing essential books for both students and te …

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