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Published: Friday 15 July 2005

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ADVENTURE LEARNING
The paradox of much education all over the world has long been its inability to directly involve the world outside classrooms."What I did in school was stare out of the window," recalls Will Steger. The famous Polar explorer and environmentalist has continued to be drawn out of windows throughout his life. In 1986, he led the first unsupported dog sledge expedition to the North Pole. But before that, the Minnesota, US-based explorer became a science teacher; he maintains that teaching has remained his primary purpose. It was on an Antarctica expedition in 1989 that he came up with an idea to integrate his own adventures (and environmentalist concerns) into classrooms.

Back in those days, though, classrooms had little internet knowledge or access. As Steger has continued to develop and hone his own vision of "adventure learning", worldwide communications abilities steamrolled ahead. The site www.polarhusky.com -- run by an eponymous Minnesota-based organisation -- is now the cutting edge of adventure learning. In addition to extensive information about Steger's upcoming global warming-focused project, archived here are the daily audio, video travelogues and lessons sent back by two consecutive teams of educator-explorers. Polar Husky organised these expeditions in mid-2004. The organisation is now soliciting participation from teachers across the world for a new expedition. Anyone interested?

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