01/10/2014 10:22 EST | Updated 03/12/2014 05:59 EDT

'Daredevil gene' becomes learning tool for at-risk students

A "daredevil gene" may explain why some teens are hard-wired for risky behaviours, researchers say.

And a new educational program in British Columbia is trying to harness those thrill-seeking tendencies and turn them into a powerful learning tool.

As CBC's Duncan McCue explains, Take a Hike, a program for Grade 10 to 12 students, is designed to steer thrill-seeking students toward healthier risks.

Watch McCue's report on The National, a part of the program's ongoing look at education.