MAGIC is a very well organized effort at bringing the magic of STEM to more and more girls via 1-1 mentoring. I got to be a MAGIC mentor to two awesome girls over the past two years. It's such an incredible feeling to watch your mentees learn, work through challenges, and complete a project in their area of interest.
I am sure that the experience and industry connections that the mentees acquire via MAGIC will be a great asset to them over the years. I also like it that MAGIC provides a platform for mentors like me to network with like-minded professionals.
MAGIC was such an incredible opportunity that allowed girls like me become interested in a STEM field! I was also very lucky to get such amazing mentors like Jen and Uma. They guided me every step of the way from the initial idea to the final product. Having a woman mentor made a huge difference as I could relate and connect even better. In learning their backgrounds and stories, I was inspired that women could work on such amazing projects in their professional career. I went from knowing nothing about coding to building a functioning IOS/Android app. Jen was such a kind and patient mentor who taught me so much and helped troubleshoot and overcome challenges. MAGIC is able to find inspiring women mentors, who volunteer their personal time to help the girls with their projects. I discussed some possible project ideas and very quickly knew what I want to do and then we spent 1 on 1 time over 6 months to bring my app idea to reality. Because of MAGIC, I made new friends, got interested in a STEM career, and developed an app that I plan to continue building. In addition, my little sister (9 years) got interested in coding as well and started Scratch programming all by herself. I want to thank MAGIC and Jen for such a memorable experience.
My experience with MAGIC was truly incredible and memorable. My mentor, Hema, was so kind and helpful throughout the entire process. With her guidance, I found the motivation and the passion to pursue a tricky machine learning project. She provided the resources and the support to make my project extremely successful. The one-on-one female mentorship was also something so unique and so valuable, and I definitely could not be where I am today without the help of my mentor and the wonderful opportunities that MAGIC provided.
My daughter wasn't into computer programming at all until last year. Then she decided to try out comp science as one of the subjects in this academic year, when we found out about MAGIC through one of my colleagues. Even though we started a bit late, it has made a world of difference! She is very interested in technology now, in fact she comes up with new ideas almost every day :-) MAGIC has indeed done magic ! Thank you very much to the mentors, organizers and volunteers for all the positive experience and influence that your program has been providing. I had the opportunity to attend the presentations at Google by some of the girls - its a truly amazing experience to see all the creativity flowing.
I mentored an amazing 8th grade student from January to May. Magic is such a well-organized group, which provides significant assistance to mentors via monthly meetings and a supportive network of mentors. My mentee and I were both interested in biology and genetics, so we chose projects in those fields. We decided on a set of projects that aligned with my mentees other interests too, focusing on the theme of super bugs. After some background research, my mentee drove the project by designing a grade level experiment to see how many people could be infected by an imaginary bacteria AND filmed and produced a public service announcement on the topic. Great experience!
I am from the program Magic and I worked with Priscilla Pham which is the Co-founder of Math Papa. With Priscilla I worked to make a Pet website. Whenever I didn't understand something she would always reference the concept to something else that was more in my vocabulary. Priscilla is very nice and she is a brilliant coder. Without Priscilla I wouldn't have been able to do it.
I think MAGIC is a great program for the youth go want to get involved with STEM related activities and it's an opportunity for them to expand their knowledge and skills in that area. I'm glad that I was able to be part of MAGIC because they offer you help that you need to take advantage of in order to gain as much new knowledge as possible. It's great that they can recruit mentors to be that source of help for the children who are part of that program and I was lucky enough to get an extremely caring and helpful mentor, Ellen Blaine. Overall, I had a great time joining MAGIC and I would recommend it to others.