First Name

Curt

Last Name

Minich

Bio

Curt Minich's fascination with computers began during high school in the early 1980’s when his father, a mainframe programmer, introduced him to Assembly and they built the family’s first personal computer. He is the Computer Department chairperson and a computer science teacher at the Wyomissing Area School District. He is also a long-time adjunct instructor at the Penn State University Berks campus. After graduating from Penn in 1989, he landed a job at the Wyomissing Area High School teaching history, math, and the school's only section of BASIC Programming with eight boys. Still at Wyomissing, his dream job now includes a five-course sequence including Visual Basic, AP Computer Science, Android Apps, iOS Apps, and Robotics with over a 100 students 35% of which are girls. Viral recruiting strategies and CS courses that focus on collaboration, soft skills, and gender-neutral, student-developed projects help recruit all students. Curt’s summer workshops for youngsters in Scratch, JavaScript, and robotics draw many girls and are co-taught with high school girls. A 3-D printer attracts students to the Maker Culture that is brewing in the school. His flipped classroom revolves around a website loaded with videos and tutorials allowing for more class time devoted to analytical problem solving, discussion, and collaboration. His students compete in local science and computer fairs, programming competitions, Technovations, and picoCTF Toaster Wars. When he is not teaching, Curt enjoys coaching the chess team, running marathons, and teaching his daughter to program Scratch, make Arduino wearables, and mod Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi which is way cooler than Assembly on an Intel 8086.