George Agnes
Associate Dean, Science

Engaging Students

SFU professor brings students and youth together through adventure-based learning

Through his integrated, technology-based curriculums, George Agnes is helping to create opportunities for students worldwide to explore stark global realities in real time.

SFU Associate Dean of Science George Agnes is traveling to great lengths to quench his thirst for unconventional 21st century learning.

Agnes recently joined seven determined youth in Botswana’s parched Kalahari Desert to implement an engaging curriculum that explores the value of water and its effect on human life. Developed by Agnes, the curriculum was also used in 125 schools worldwide and engaged nearly 10,000 students, including hundreds in the Lower Mainland. His trip was in partnership with impossible2Possible (i2P), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage students to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower the global community.

At SFU, George is developing “academic leadership” courses based on the curriculums created for i2P. Courses are designed to lay foundations for student-inspired learning and explore the complex global issues they may be tasked with solving during their careers. Students in these courses will investigate the same issues as i2P expedition participants and function as mentors to them.

By partnering with organizations like i2P, SFU is mobilizing its knowledge to raise awareness of global issues – and to encourage participation in researching solutions to these issues in experiential environments, such as classrooms and field laboratories, around the world.