2018 Founders Award Recipients – Debbie Goodwin & Andy Nydam

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Debbie Goodwin and Andy Nydam have long been the face of the NACE Foundation’s cKit™ efforts, since its creation and implementation in 2005. Although both have retired from teaching, they continue to conduct trainings for teachers, including ASM’s Teacher Materials Camps each summer and the NACE Foundation’s CORROSION: Opportunities Realized mini-camp for high school students at NACE International’s annual conference.

In 2016, both Debbie and Andy jointly embraced a leadership role in revising and improving the Foundation’s cKit™, including updating and rewriting each of the experiments in the Teachers Guide to make them more readable and teacher friendly, and to allow for better alignment with curriculum standards.

Debbie and Andy’s passion and enthusiasm for exciting teachers and students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is contagious, motivating, and inspiring for all who encounter them. On behalf of the NACE Foundation Board of Directors, we are honored to present Debbie Goodwin and Andy Nydam with the 2018 Founders Award.

About the recipients:

Debbie Goodwin has 31 years of teaching experience in high school and middle school science. Goodwin recently retired from Chillicothe High School in Missouri where she taught materials science and technology (MST) for 17 years. Other subjects taught include biology, chemistry, physical science, and applied biology/chemistry. She has made MST presentations at numerous regional and national conferences including National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She has also instructed at summer workshops on applied biology/chemistry (ABC) and MST in various states, including serving as a master teacher for the ASM Materials Science Teachers Camp Program since 2002. Goodwin has a B.S. in education (biology/chemistry) from Southwest Missouri State University and her M.S. in education is from Central Methodist College.

Andy Nydam has 30 years of teaching in high school material science and community college automotive apprentice programs. Nydam has been an integral part of the development, adoption, and implementation of material science at the state and national level, beginning with the Department of Energy in 1986. Since retiring from Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington, Nydam has been active with ASM International, NACE International, Polymer Ambassadors, and numerous industry/higher education/STEM collaborations. Nydam has been a lead instructor for material science week-long summer camps as well as hundreds of state and national presentation at conventions for science, STEM, industry, and education reform, as well as MSP (math, science, partnerships) and CORE+ (curriculum designed to blur the lines between shop, science, and math in a high school curriculum designed to develop technical employment skills).

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