GETMAGIC CORPORATION

Rating: 4.84 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 5839 Capilano Dr % Ira Pramanick San Jose CA 95138 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Computer Science department chair and MAGIC coordinator for my school, the Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, CA. At this point, MAGIC has matched nearly 50 young women from my school with female mentors who share their STEM interests. What a gift to those girls! The value of the 1-to-1 mentorships cannot be overstated. Though our school already has a strong math, science, and technology focus, this program has given an extra boost to girls who have a hunger to 'go deeper' and who crave the specialized knowledge that a professional in the field has to offer. Year after year, I see our MAGIC students thrive on the relationships they build through the program and develop technical talents beyond what could usually be expected from a middle schooler. The individualized direct support of programs like MAGIC is the best way overcome the sense of exclusion from the STEM fields that so many women feel. Hooray to the uniformly excellent MAGIC volunteers (and MAGIC's dedicated founder, Ira Pramanick) for addressing a critical need and helping to cultivate our next generation of technical leaders.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our 14 year old daughter participated in the MAGIC program in 2014. She learnt about the program from her school. It was a phenomenal learning experience and I highly recommend the program. All girls had to complete a formal application, go through an interview process and commit to a couple of hours of project work for 3-4 months period. MAGIC leaders paired our daughter with a wonderful young woman, Michelle. She is an amazing role model for young girls – she is caring, patient, extremely intelligent, hardworking, highly accomplished and fun loving. Our daughter looked forward to her Saturday morning sessions with Michelle. Our daughter is interested in Biology, Genetics, Drug discovery and Programming. They started by learning Python programming as well as some basic concepts in genetics. Michelle helped our daughter brainstorm and come up with a programming project related to genetics. At the end of the program the girls and their mentors presented and demonstrated their work. The girls seem to have benefited immensely and confidently talked about the various projects. Our daughter learnt a lot from Michelle and is keen on going deeper into the topic. Michelle has become a very good friend, is a great mentor and someone our daughter admires and genuinely looks up to. We really appreciate Ira Pramanick for starting such a great program that will have a lasting impact on the lives of these young girls. Thank you Ira and Michelle!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I applied for mentoring here, and I was given a very warm and kind mentor. I had a variety of options to choose from for learning. I finally chose to learn about Python. We used Codeacademy to finish lessons. It was a wonderful experience, considering the fact that I have never done programming in my life. It allowed me to practice Math, my favorite subject. When I realized I wasn't very interested in Genetics, I was able to switch to something else easily. This was a wonderful experience, and my mentor has been very kind, generous, and she is a great teacher. I would strongly recommend this program for any girl in middle or high school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would extend 1 hour to 2 hours.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you so much for MAGIC Sara and Ira. My daughter is going to Gunn High School next year, and is signed up for advanced math, and auto mechanics. When she started at GMS she hated science and math, and now they are her two favorite subjects by a lot. Thank you for helping her find her interests. I think auto mechanics is going to be great for her, it reminds me of the kinds of things she did with Sara.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Magic is a tremendous program. My daughter had a great mentor, who came every weekend for months, and taught her all sorts of cool, interesting things. I can't recommend it highly enough. She loved it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was able to learn HTML and CSS in only a few weeks and then create a project with my information and HTML. We are now learning Java Script and my mentor has found a perfect site to do so! MAGIC helped me learn A LOT I didn't know and my mentor was flexible to meet any time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I liked learning how to code one on one because it was more comfortable to ask questions and because I didn't have to worry about what others would think of my questions. I was also able to fully understand everything at my own pace. I really loved working with Tanya Gupta, my mentor, and getting to know her over the year. She's so nice, supportive, and patient. I really felt like we developed a friendship. I really looked forward to my meetings with her; it was a highlight of my week. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning how to code, they will love it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really loved MAGIC. I was a MAGIC Mentee during the 2013 - 2014 school year, and I learned a lot. It was great since I got to pick what I wanted to do, unlike a summer camp, where I have to do what they want me to do. I made an app with Corona SDK, and since it was my mentor's first time using this, she learned a lot as well. Because it was one-on-one, I learned a lot more than I would if I was in a class. I am now very interested in Computer Science and I will definitely take Computer Science classes!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been mentoring with MAGIC for two years now and have loved my experience. It is very exciting to meet young minds who are keen in the STEM fields and then see them grow and develop interests.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful experience as a MAGIC mentee during the 2013-2014 school year. It was a great because I always knew I could go to my mentor if I had any questions, and even if she didn't know the answer- she would by the following meeting. The best part of MAGIC is definitely being able to choose what I want to learn and how I want to learn about it. This flexibility allowed for me to find languages I liked, and get the chance to learn more about them. I also really liked how I was the one coming up with the projects and I got the chance to add my own elements. A website like CodeAcademy was a great resource, but it meant so much more to have someone there going over the information with me. Overall I had a great experience, and I know that I will take this experience with me into high school and through the rest of my Computer Science education.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with MAGIC since 2013 as a mentor. I found it very rewarding to share my experience one-on-one with my mentee, and to learn from her. We all agree that having a role model in our life and career path is very important, and I am amazed by the positive impact MAGIC is bringing to the young women and the mentors .

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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