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Year: 1997 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Sandra Ogrodnick has led her students at Leduc Composite High School in Leduc on field trips to locations ranging from the physics laboratory at the University of Alberta to "Galaxyland." The latter is a local theme park where students analyze the physics behind five rides. They use triangulation to measure the height of each ride and then determine the kinetic performance of the moving parts. In all these activities, Ms. Ogrodnick's goal is to make students curious about the world and to show them that they can achieve. She firmly believes that students will not learn to love mathematics or the sciences unless someone shows them they can succeed at it. She has done just that and her students have responded with superior performance on provincial exams.