I was a mentee in Magic during the Summer 2020 session. This was my first time being a part of any type of mentorship program and I genuinely had no idea what to expect. Magic was amazing and helped me develop my interests in the STEM field and also gave me some much-needed lessons on professionalism. My mentor was Shami Ahuja and it was fantastic to work with her on a website; she truly went above and beyond to help me learn how to learn. I would recommend this program to all young girls who are curious about STEM and want to learn. My time was truly MAGICal and I highly encourage others to join for future sessions!
I was a MAGIC mentee for the Summer of 2020. Despite COVID-related complications and having to move everything online, the program was incredibly rewarding and a lot of fun! My mentor, Bishakha Mona, was incredibly supportive of my interest and passion for neuroscience and provided me with all the resources I needed to create my project. It was such an amazing way to further my enthusiasm for STEM, and to connect with so many girls and women who were pursuing their own passions.
I participated in MAGIC as a mentee in the Summer 2020 session, under the mentorship of Smriti Pramanick. MAGIC was my first experience in a mentorship program and I was really impressed. I came into MAGIC with a vague idea of my interests and came out with a functioning project. My mentor did a great job of balancing support with room to grow. I sincerely appreciate the MAGIC program and would recommend it to anyone.
My daughter had a fantastic experience with Getmagic this summer using SQL to study data on Race and COVID 19 in New York City. The ability to delve deeply into two very important issues of the moment with the support of her Mentor brought the work to life in a meaningful and powerful way. This experience is helping her refine her thinking on college choice and a career in STEM by seeing how the use of scientific research and data analytics can have an impact on health outcomes in underserved communities.
I had an amazing experience at this program. Not only was I able to meet and learn from my amazing mentor, Lakshmi, but I was able to work on a project with her that I am very proud of and am interested on working on past this program. It has been a truly enjoyable and influential program to take part in. Not only will mentees be paired with the best of mentors who clearly want to help them succeed, but they will gain more confidence and knowledge along the way!
I had an incredible experience mentoring with getMAGIC. I loved having the opportunity to gain real advice and guidance from my mentor Priyanka Bhojwani, who is a woman working in STEM. Her enthusiasm and passion for my project: learning SQL and doing data analysis on COVID-19 and Race in NYC, was inspiring and helped me stay focused and motivated throughout the 10 week mentorship. I was so grateful to have had this experience and I would recommend a MAGIC mentorship to any middle or high school girl who is interested in learning more about a future in STEM while working on a longterm project.
My experience with MAGIC was a time where I felt supported by many people to make my project a reality. My first time mentoring with the program I was able to get one on one mentorship with my mentor Ira. She was truly helpful and a great person to guide me through what I wanted to accomplish. Even though the session was over we continued to keep in touch afterwards. My second time mentoring, I had the help from my mentor, Juhi, who was there to guide me through the process and was always an email or text away when I felt stuck and needed the support. She was also able to explain things to me in a way that made sense to me and easy to comprehend.
I highly recommend this program for anyone with a passion for STEM as it truly follows through with their mission with helping girls follow their passion with the tools and resources necessary to do so.
I enjoyed my time with MAGIC. A couple years ago, I was a mentee, and recently, I returned as an intern. I love the one-on-one tutoring style that MAGIC provides for all its mentees and interns, which has made me learn so much about programming in only a short amount of time. Additionally, MAGIC has organized several events (such as Ask Me Anything and presentations) that are empowering and have helped me develop skills outside of programming (such as public speaking). Before entering MAGIC, I was very hesitant on whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in STEM or if I was even capable of doing so, but the efforts from this organization have given me the confidence to know that I can make it in STEM in the future. It has had a huge impact on my life, and I am so thankful for the experience!
After my internship was canceled this year I was looking for a way to be involved in the sciences over the summer. I applied to become a part of the Magic mentorship and after an application and an interview, I was given a mentor who would help me with whatever I wanted to research over the summer. My mentor was always excited about our weekly meetings and was willing to help me research anything I wanted. I chose a biology topic to research and my mentor helped to send me research papers to read and discuss. I not only got to delve and research a topic I was interested in but also learned key presentation slide skills and public speaking skills as well. This mentorship was a great opportunity and I am very glad I was able to participate in it.
Being apart of magic this year was such an incredible opportunity and I learned so much about epedimiological reasearch, survey study and design, and much more. I had my incredible mentor, Dr Mermelstein who without her, I would not have had any of he resources or knowledge about my project and it would not have come to me. Thank you magic for this opportunity!
This was my first year with MAGIC, and it was one of the most fulfilling and rewarding mentoring experiences I’ve ever had.
MAGIC fills a real need: in spite of efforts to encourage women to pursue STEM careers, high-school girls are still missing the resources and role models they need to spark and maintain their interest in STEM fields. For example, I found out my mentee’s school tried to start a computer science class, but they could not find a qualified teacher, the girls in the class had a bad experience, and the school abandoned the effort.
Through MAGIC, girls develop their STEM skills via personalized projects that are tailored to their interests. Each mentee spend hours learning from a female role model who has a professional career in a STEM field.
Seeing the inspiring final presentations from my mentee and her peers reinforced my opinion that MAGIC is a practical and successful way to ensure the future of women in STEM.
I had the privilege of participating in the magic program this year and was able to study many aspects of physics, sound, and music, which I am very passionate about. With the help of my incredible mentor, Racquel Glickman, I was able to accomplish so many things I never thought possible. Thank you so much MAGIC!
This program really opened up my eyes to see that there is a whole community who feels just the same as I do. When I was little, the boys in my class would always make fun of me that I was in a math enrichment class and that I loved science. But now I see that I don’t have to be afraid to do what I love. Magic has definitely helped me realize that. Magic has also jumpstarted my further interest in pursuing a career in science. My mentor, Mindy Levine, showed me how. She works in the chemistry field and loves her job. She tests products that have to do with chemistry to help people’s lives, has written over 50 papers that have to do with science in her lifetime, and has really inspired me to become someone who I never thought possible of being. I learned through Magic to be strong about what I want to do and be interested in, and not be afraid to learn about science. This really opened up so many new doors for me and I will take the things learned from Magic when I start my path on becoming a doctor. This was an amazing experience and I am so impressed by how much it inspired me to become who I have always wanted to be. Thank you.
It is astonishing how one program can transform a fearful girl into an empowered, experienced person ready to make her way into the STEM community. As many girls approach college, they are surrounded by the influence of a male-dominant technological world, and generally think that they would not be able to keep up with their male peers.
MAGIC has given me valuable knowledge at one of the most unstable times of my life. It has enabled me to find my passion in computing despite being outnumbered by male students, and has done so in a constantly positive, encouraging, and supportive environment.
MAGIC has helped me achieve many things during my first experiences with it.
Firstly, it has paved a path of success for me during a time of confusion and indecision.
After MAGIC, I now have a female role model who has shown me that girls CAN pursue their dreams in STEM, with hard work and dedication. Deepa Kalkunte, the very first mentor in my life, has the ideal mentor characteristics- incredibly kind, utterly patient, and she has the unique talent of harnessing young ladies' interests into engaging projects they can learn from. She is always open to questions, gets past confusions, and embraces new ideas. She always can see the promising attributes in me. She draws respect whenever I talk to her; yet, is so close to me I feel as if I can always rely on her, no matter what.
Another benefit of the MAGIC program is that it disposes of stereotypes, and through fun and engaging projects, it builds an understanding of the world around it. Through that philosophy, it helped me understand the technology that so much of our world is based on- from everyday life to work, and economy. The freedom to choose and develop my own ideas with the guide of my mentor with every step- that’s the magic of MAGIC! I felt magically empowered with extra knowledge that I will be able to use- no matter which pathway I will choose in the future.
I could thrive just as well or even better than our male counterparts can.
MAGIC connects girls to mentors who are hardworking women who show that it is in fact possible to make that connection with computing and technology, to gain an understanding of it. MAGIC allows girls to commit to their goals and dreams.
Recently, I attended my last robotics class session before realizing that I was the only girl in the class. Between my first class and then, I had great interactions with the other boys in my class as well as the all male volunteers who conduct the sessions. No, I didn’t feel intimidated at all. It was then that I realized what MAGIC has given me: the confidence to stand strong within a male-dominant technological world. Thank you MAGIC!
Good luck, future mentees- you will love this program, too.
MAGIC was a great way for me to explore STEM in an in-depth way. My mentor, Tiffany Nguyen, was an amazing mentor. She encouraged me to look up things that I didn't know yet still provided enough information to help me if I ever ran into any problems. At MAGIC, you can choose what you want to do, from making websites to building robots. MAGIC is an amazing program for girls and it is a great opportunity.
This is the second year that our school partnered with MAGIC. Both expeirences were amazing experiences for the students and all involved. The girls had very encouraging and knowledgeable mentors and were able to pursue projects in their field of interest. Working with the people at MAGIC to set everything up was smooth and easy. Even with the pandemic and the second half of the year being especially difficult, the student was able to complete her project and present it.
This was my first year with MAGIC and I didn't know what to expect. I had lots of hope for this program, and it turns out...
MAGIC did more than just meet my expectations. Thanks to my mentor, Michelle, I was able to explore my interests independently and put together a website about psychology (using HTML, CSS, and JS) that I am very proud of. I loved working with Michelle every week and I can assure you, having a good mentor makes the MAGICal experience even better. With Michelle, I was able to work on my final products and have fun at the same time!
Along with the research and technology skills I've learned from MAGIC, I've gained life skills, such as persevering through challenges and making the best of resources provided. I've also gained experience in public speaking and interactive presentations.
Overall, I think MAGIC is such a wonderful journey that should definitely be experienced by so many more people.
I am a 6th grader and was somewhat interested in computer science, and my teacher CS reached out to me and said, "you should try this." I applied and got in, and it was defiantly a great experience. My mentor, Smriti, really made this enjoyable and exciting! I got to try something new, and have that exposure to computer science in a deeper way than I have been before. Although I might not have a career in computer science or coding, I am very happy I got this experience and had the opportunity to explore something new. Going through MAGIC really benefited me in not just my knowledge of computer science, but being more responisable and other important life lessons. Anyway, I would recommend this to anyone who may think they have an interest in CS because MAGIC is a really great program, and the mentors are very helpful.
My experience in Magic was amazing. I was paired with my amazing mentor Jess who was able to help guide me through this experience. I learned a lot about coding but also important life skills to use in the future. I’m grateful for Ira for letting me be part of this program and for my mentor Jess who helped me learn something new while making it fun.
As a junior, it was important to me to be able to engage in different extracurriculars to learn more about potential majors and careers. When Ira Pramanick, founder of MAGIC, presented me with the opportunity to learn more about the topics i’m interested in, while simultaneously learning how to code, I was more than happy to participate in the MAGIC program. I learned how to develop my own website, style it how I wanted, learn different coding languages, use different technologies to host my website, meet with my mentor, and learn/reference the code. Having knowledge on how to code opens doors for me in fields related to STEM. It helped influence my decision to pursue a minor in Chemistry, while continuing to expand my knowledge on code. It was an amazing experience and where I was in charge of what I put in the website, what the website was about, and the different components of it; my mentor was just there for guidance. MAGIC gave me the exposure I needed, to learn more about STEM. As a woman of color, it was important for me to learn about different careers, majors, and fields, related to STEM, that I can study for in college. To me, it’s really important that young women are being exposed to STEM, because there are not a lot of women in STEM related careers. I would encourage other girls my age to join the MAGIC program! MAGIC had such a positive impact on me, and I hope that throughout the years, the number of participants increases because it is an opportunity of a lifetime.
I'm a current 7th grader and this was an amazing program. Unlike a school class or online tutorial, I got to be very independent with the project. I got to choose what I wanted to focus on and how to design it. It is also great for one on one questions with your mentor. I also got an inside look at how it would be like to work on a big project relating to STEM. My mentor and I bonded over many things and she is such a great person. I was so lucky to have her there through the thick and thin of this project. It was great and I definitely recommend it.
As a middle school mentee, this organization helped me learn and grow in computer science. It is very interesting, and I learned a lot. It is also incredibly helpful. I am grateful for being able to participate in this amazing experience.
Ira and team,
Thanks for the opportunity for another great mentoring session. There were times in the year that I found myself weighed down by work and thought at the end of the workday that talking to a middle schooler was the least fun thing to do. But each interaction got me motivated and I am glad I persevered.
I have heard back from past mentees on how having someone to talk to one-on-one made such an impact on their lives. Whether they pursue STEM careers or not, we are giving them something special. An opportunity to even the playing field, even if it is one fold at a time. We are demystifying the field of computers even for the most reluctant student, and at the end they finish with great sense of accomplishment.
As I saw the presentations from all the students in MUSD, (being in VA, I have not attended many such ), I was so impressed by the students and felt humbled when I saw the efforts of the other mentors.
Kudos to you all, and Ira, I don’t know how you do it. While it takes a village to run a program like this, it certainly needs someone strong and dedicated like you at the helm.
Thank you for all you and others do to leave the world more equitable for our rising young women
MAGIC has helped me become more passionate about technology. My mentor, Sarah, was very awesome and was very supportive! The whole process has taught me a lot, like learning from my mistakes! It has been a great experience and I highly recommend applying for MAGIC!
MAGIC was such a wonderful experience and it introduced the amazing world of coding and STEM to me. My mentor Shilpa was so awesome and willing to help me with my project. I learned so much from her. It was also great having a mentor because she was like a role model to me and showed me what I could potentially do with a career in STEM. It was a truly MAGICal experience and I would love to do it again!
I am a computer science teacher at an independent school for girls, and I've worked with this MAGIC-al organization for many years now. We are so fortunate to partner with them to offer mentoring and CS education for our especially motivated middle school students. Ira, Ian, and Cristal have been outstanding collaborators. This is clearly a labor of love for them! If you are a woman in CS who is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue CS as a career, I can assure you that you can make a significant impact as a MAGIC mentor.
MAGIC was a really great experience overall! I loved getting to build a website and working with my mentor, Komal, because of her generosity. The whole process has taught me so much, including how to stay patient and learn from my mistakes. It has been a highlight of my year so far, and I highly recommend applying for MAGIC!
It has been an MAGICAL experience working with this non-profit for last 2 years. I have worked with two mentees on creative projects designed by them. Getmagic Corporation is doing a great job helping girls get involved in STEM at early ages. I feel fortunate to be a able to be part of this amazing team of great humans who are helping with their heart to help all the young girls.
This was my first experience being a 1:1 mentor with Magic and in general and it was the best start I could have asked for. Saakshi, my mentee, is a brilliant girl and I loved mentoring her and learning so much from her in such a short duration. Cheers to all the great work, Magic!
My daughter, Sophia, had a great experience participating in the MAGIC program over this summer. Initially, she was apprehensive about the process, because she didn't know if she was passionate about computer science. However, after getting to know her mentor, Shilpa, and due to the malleability of the program, she was able to craft a game from scratch, and was able to incorporate her creativity in a subject she initially thought was rigid and inflexible. She was able to talk to experts in the field, and had the opportunity to present her project at the Google facility. This program provided her with the opportunity to learn how Computer Science and creativity are interwoven, and has renewed her passion for CS and has put her on a focused path to pursuing her interests. Ira was a fantastic help, and such an inspiration in putting the program together and motivating young girls in STEM. She and the hard working mentors juggled full time jobs and family as well as volunteering as mentors, and we are very grateful for the effort they have put into making this program as influential and life changing as it is. A big thanks to the MAGIC program for such an incredible and unique experience!
This year I participated in the magic program for the first time! As a 9th grader, I never had the opportunity to get one on one lessons on programming and gained so much knowledge just within these past 10 weeks. Despite being a remote mentee, my mentor Komal helped me so much and encouraged me to take bigger steps with my project. I benefited a lot from being in this program and am so grateful that I had and will have Komal to guide me!
We are a lucky family; both of our girls have benefited from MAGIC program. I just have gratitude to all the people who make MAGIC possible, especially the mentors who are punctual, patient, intelligent and great role models for the girls. This program can be challenging and rewarding. It opens doors to new opportunities and helps them discover their true potential. Thank you MAGIC, Thank you Ira!!
This year I had the pleasure of working with MAGIC for the second time. I can definitely say that this program was the highlight to my summer as it allowed me to express my own creative ideas through computer science. My partnership with my mentor Sneha was a great experience and she taught me a lot. Sneha is very talented and made my MAGIC journey so much fun and she helped to make the learning process invigorating. Throughout the process Sneha was very patient and supportive. I was very pleased with my end project which was an app and this could definitely not been done without Sneha or the MAGIC program. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in either STEM or helping change the connotations of women in STEM.
As part of this program, I can definitely see myself grow and be pushed beyond my limits. I was able to explore a new topic while having someone by my side. My mentor was Dhana and she definitely encouraged me to seek challenges. I highly recommend this program to girls looking for a place to find their own way of expressing themselves with technology.
I am currently a 9th grader, and took part in the MAGIC program as a mentee over the summer. The summer session was only about 3 months long, but despite the shorter time period I learned so much. MAGIC focuses on a project you choose, so I decided to create a game with my mentor, Shilpa Gupta. I had no experience with creating a game, and neither did my mentor Shilpa (who is a data scientist), but we learned together. We had to debug our code so many times, but Shilpa was always patient and enthusiastic with me. Our way of communicating was through Google Hangouts and email since we lived far from each other, but at the final presentation for MAGIC I was able to meet my mentor and many other people part of the program in person. Everyone was so nice, and they had so much advice and knowledge to offer just through a conversation. I feel a lot more excited and confident in my journey towards learning more about the STEM field than I did beforehand. It was an experience I am so glad to have, and I hope others will take part in this brilliant program.
My favorite aspect of the MAGIC program is the relationships I have built with my mentees. It's truly rewarding to watch a mentee grow as a coder and scientist throughout the program. The enthusiasm and work ethic I've encountered in my mentees inspires me to do the same.
Our 12-yo daughter took part in this mentorship opportunity and was paired with a very smart and attentive MIT grad student. It was a great experience and we have no hesitation to recommend it to any STEM-curious girl.
MAGIC is one of the most rewarding experiences that I had this year. My Mentor Dr. Hindi Mermelstein and I, developed a clinical research project. Dr. Mermelstein was there for me in every part of my MAGIC journey. From designating an hour a week of her precious time to me, to attending my MAGIC related meetings, I could not have asked for a better mentor.
I was a mentee in the magic program, my mentor, Stephanie and me worked on a solar sensor car that moved based on the amount of light that was detected. Over all this experience helped me improve my knowledge in circuits and coding. I also grew as a person, learning responsibility and determination. Stephanie was a great mentor, she exemplified every quality that a good role model should be. She was assertive, kind, helpful, friendly, and many more. I had a very good time with MAGIC and all of the people that helped me with my project!
My name is Michelle, and this year I was a mentee, and this program was a great experience. My mentor, Ellen, was always very kind and explained confusing things well. My project, a robot arm functioned by an app, was a dream that came true through the MAGIC program. I am grateful to those who organized this program and to my mentor Ellen.
As of now, I am an 8th grader at Rancho Milpitas Middle School. My experience with MAGIC was amazing and extraordinary! My mentor, Iryna, helped me make two awesome programs relating to my main topic, Astronomy. Iryna was always willing to change certain dates of our weekly meeting, due to my schedule. She showed me that programming is everywhere, especially in the Astronomy field. She also showed the many parts of Astronomy, such as studying exoplanets. Ultimately, we were able to create two programs. One for finding the size of exoplanets, and another for creating a Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram based off of a globular cluster studied by the Hubble Space Telescope. Iryna was able to show me my future as an aspiring astrophysicist !
Shreya Nakum (Mentee)
Was a mentor for a 7th grader where we spent time learning programming through Code Academy and hardware through Arduino. We ultimately made a robot arm that was controlled by an Android app written in MIT AppInventor. Over the course of 8 months, I got to share my experiences in STEAM with my mentee and definitely will be keeping in touch with her!
I’m a 10th grader who was a mentee for MAGIC this year, and it has been such an amazing experience! I learned so much from my mentor, Gittie, and was able to complete a project which I would not have thought possible for me in the beginning of the year. My mentor was amazing and patiently answered any questions I had throughout my MAGIC experience this year. She was also very flexible with her schedule and worked together with me to find times to meet. When I started off the year I knew next to nothing about coding, but finished the program with a completed project that incorporated several programming languages and machine learning. I would 100 percent recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about STEM, and would definitely do it again.
Thank you to MAGIC and my awesome mentor!!
I had a great experience working with the MAGIC staff. They were so helpful and available for anything that came up. They worked with me to set up the program in my school and ensure that it would be successful. We only had one student participate due to mentor availability but more were interested. She had an awesome experience! She loved learning from someone in the industry who was giving her personal attention, focusing on what she was interested in. We hope to participate again next year!
I am the science department chair who coordinated 7 students to work with MAGIC mentors. The experience was outstanding. MAGIC is professionally run, the mentors are dedicated to the students, and they learned a tremendous amount as they developed their individual projects.
As a mentee in this program, I am very grateful that this non-profit exists. I came in with very minimal experience in coding, and was paired with a mentor who was very kind and excited to teach me, and help me work on any project of my choice. Thanks to this nonprofit I got hands-on experience not only with coding with Python but also learning more about a female in the STEM field. The experience helps STEM seem less foreign and I'm now considering a career in computer science. The program itself is also organized very professionally.
We are so grateful for the enriching experience our daughter had as a MAGIC mentee. The program is well organized. We were really impressed with the resources provided and the great job they did matching our daughter with a mentor that fit her interests. You can tell how much the organizers are committed to their mission and really care about each participant.
Proud Dad! I am so grateful to this organization and to my daughters mentor. My daughter has learned so much from this experience and I have seen her grow and mature right before my eyes. The skills that she has learned will no doubt help her succeed in the future.
The experience was very rewarding and fun. It was exciting to see a young girl so excited about tech.
I am a 10th grade student that has been a part of the magic program for the past two years. This was a fantastic opportunity than enabled me to learn beyond the confines of my classroom. I worked on a project consecutively for 2 years, and actually one in award for it in a large science Congress. I have all this to think from MAGIC and my amazing mentor!
I am a 9th-grade student and I was paired with an amazing woman named Dr. Mindy Levine. She is absolutely brilliant and it was such an amazing pleasure to learn from her. We communicated via texting and video chats. Our situation got complicated after Dr. Levine left on Sabbatical to Israel, which is 7 hours ahead. Because of this, we were only able to meet on Sundays so that we would both be awake. This made it hard to contact each other and meet up but we were able to figure it out. We created an amazing chemistry project that connected both chemistry and biology. Since I am in 9th grade and have not taken chemistry yet it was slightly hard to work with a chemist but she was so amazing and helped me through the entire way! This is an amazing program and I am so proud to have participated in it!
MAGIC is an amazing program that helped me to learn all about STEM and begin to imagine my own future in STEM. Dr. Levine was so amazing and helpful through it all, and it was such an amazing experience to work with her.
I recommend the MAGIC program to anyone who is interested in STEM and wants to grow and learn more from amazing people!
Thank you MAGIC for giving me this experience!
I am a currently a 6th grader at GMS and I loved my experience at MAGIC. My amazing mentor Ellen Blaine was always flexible with times and schedules. She had a deep understanding of coding and she showed me that I will be always learning in the world of computers. Ellen was able to show me the world as a female coder and for that, I am forever grateful. After MAGIC I feel very confident and prepared for my Computer Science classes and my potential future as a female coder.
I am currently a 7th grader and I had an amazing experience with the MAGIC program this year. My mentor Juhi was very supportive of me and helped me along my way, she was always there when I had questions and was very polite and flexible when I needed to reschedule meetings and other things. Now that I have done this program I know for a fact that I want to have a career in STEM, and I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.
I got selected to participate in MAGIC and it has been truly amazing! I learned so much from my amazing mentor Pi-Chuan who taught me so much about coding and STEM. I had so much fun and now have the skills to cntinue prgraming on my own.
My daughter Amrutha attended Magic program on graphic design in aero space engineering structures this year 2019 . I am happy to share my experience that she got an excellent mentor Madhura Limaye who taught her concepts of aero space engineering through the software USU Aero Lab and was always punctual and patient. She was excited to learn to design the wing,vertical stabilizer and many more aspects of the design of a plane and she made a graphic design model of an airplane. She got a better understanding of aerospace design and the logic behind how a plane fly and the requirements an aircraft must have for a safe flight . Overall I recommend magic to everyone and feel lucky my daughter got an opportunity to be part of this program.
I'm a 6th grader and I loved this program. Despite being the youngest person my mentor had ever mentored, after a couple of sessions I felt very comfortable. She helped me understand so many ideas and techniques. I will definetely look more into the world of STEM after this.
I am a current sixth grader and just completed the MAGIC program. I came in, not knowing almost anything about STEM. My mentor, Adele, taught me the basics of coding, AI, how to right a scientific grant proposal, and much more. I recommend this program because Adele really personalized the program for me and taught me what I wanted to learn about.
Coming from a mentee's perspective, it was a wonderful experience and I really grew a bond with my mentor. We worked together throughout the process, so it wasn't exactly a teacher-student relationship, but more of a friendship. I definitely conquered concepts I felt were a little daunting at first, but the program helped me learn all of it at a good pace so I never felt bored or rushed. This gave me a sort of push into the STEM world, and I'm more than motivated to continue my project and explore other concepts during the summer. I absolutely would recommend this to anybody who is thinking about applying!
I'm so glad I got to participate in MAGIC! As a freshman in high school, I've been exploring different interests and MAGIC helped me become even more passionate about technology. My awesome mentor, Catherine, who works in the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence field, helped me with pursuing my interest in ML. The MAGIC program is a great opportunity for girls to get exposure to technology, and learn that they are very capable of going into STEM and doing whatever they dream of!
Our daughter really enjoyed participating in the MAGIC program. She felt lucky to be a part of it. Her mentor is a current college student at the University of Pennsylvania, and she was inspiring, helpful, enthusiastic, intelligent, and genuinely cared about helping Alexa succeed. Adele helped Alexa with her communication and time management skills. They also brainstormed worthwhile ideas together of what Alexa could pursue for her project. Alexa identified a need and attempted to fill with with the support of her mentor. Alexa learned to write a grant and developed the ideas and layout for a future web site that will help senior citizens to navigate the Internet. Alexa came up with ways to make accessing the Internet - music, social network sites, games, etc.-- easier and more accessible for those seniors who are less tech savvy.
MAGIC program inspired my daughter to learn programming. The MAGIC program mentor asked my daughter about her interests and when she learnt it was drumming, they came up with an idea to combine drums and computer programming. The result was an application where a user can compose music, record it and play it back. Thank you MAGIC program for helping my daughter see technology in a different light. In her words, "With coding, you can create something out of nothing!" Thank you Ira, Dr. Arnberg , Neelam and the MAGIC Team. Forever grateful - Komal
Our organization has been working with MAGIC for two years now, and the growth of the students who work with a MAGIC mentor never ceases to amaze me! I've seen students give a group presentation for the first time, and actually vision themselves as capable of a future in STEM, which is so exciting! We've participated in a lot of STEM programming, and I think this type of one-on-one mentoring is the most impactful.
Our daughter participated in this program and had an amazing experience. Being matched with a female mentor is a wonderful opportunity for a school-age girl and has the potential to make a positive impact in both of their lives. We are certain that our daughter learned a lot from this program and gained an important role model in her mentor.
MAGIC is a fantastic organization that makes a huge impact in people's lives. I am a senior in high school and last summer I was mentored by Shruthi Basireddy, an ambitious, hardworking, dedicated senior at the University of Chicago. Through weekly Skype meetings, she helped me research the neuroscience of pregnancy and instructed me about how to write a scientific literature review. In addition to my MAGIC project, Shruthi and I also talked about her college experience and career paths for women in STEM. She was also insightful and willing to help or guide me whenever I needed it, so I am incredibly grateful to have formed a bond with her over the summer. The MAGIC program in general is very well-run, with periodic check-in surveys or meetings to track the progress of our projects. Its mission to empower women in STEM is a noble one, and moreover the execution is excellent. I think the most valuable aspect of MAGIC is how its mentors get to understand STEM career paths and the daily lives of women in STEM fields, because these realities often seem vague and murky to high school students. My experience was nothing short of fantastic and I am incredibly grateful for Shruthi and for MAGIC!