I participated in MAGIC about five years back (as a sixth grader), and MAGIC was instrumental in keeping me interested in coding. Recently I've been more aware of the lack of diversity in tech, and I’m so happy that MAGIC was around to foster my love of coding when I otherwise might have been discouraged. Since MAGIC, I’ve published multiple apps, including Readlio.com and Mere, which won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Thank you so much for doing what you’re doing!
Sandra Harimoto was Akshaya's mentor in MAGIC program. She spent couple of hours every week with Akshaya for the last 9 months teaching her software programming. Her guidance helped Akshaya to learn software languages and also boosted her interest in the STEM field. Thank you Sandra.
We traveled to San Jose for the final presentation event at The Tech Museum from the East Coast. Thank you MAGIC for arranging this event at a place that grabs the interest in technology. We met Ira Pramanick at the event, she was very courteous. I wish MAGIC team all the very best for their tremendous help to the community. I am a very proud parent of a MAGIC mentee.
Before getting started with the MAGIC program, I was always really interested in computing and STEM, but I never really knew how to get started. With the help of MAGIC and my mentor, Sandra Harimoto, I learned about many different resources I could use to develop a greater understanding in different computing languages. This really helped me learn how to incorporate all these different languages into ideas to solve problems. This wonderful experience helped me visualize how I could use STEM to solve ongoing problems around me and helped me realize that this would be an amazing career for me in the future.
My mentor, Sandra Harimoto, was a great influence. She is a standing symbol of what I could be, or do in the future with a career in STEM. She helped guide me through the experience understanding my interests. Most of all, she was always there, always open to answering questions at any time, always patient with me during times of difficulty, and always ready to meet with me every Sunday for several hours. This leaves me very thankful for the MAGIC, and how it has helped me greatly. I would greatly thank my mentor, Sandra Harimoto, and Ira Pramanick for giving me such a wonderful opportunity, and I would definitely recommend MAGIC to girls interested in STEM.
MAGIC was so helpful to me. I learned so much through the program. At the beginning I had no experience in coding and now I have a good understanding. My mentor Neelam was so nice and patient with me as she went step by step through the code and the understanding of Java. I enjoyed MAGIC a lot and recommend it to girls who would like to code or would like to work with computers
Madison 8th grader
As a magic mentee, I could not have imagined the extent that this program would change the way I view careers in STEM fields, especially computer science. Before I joined this program, I was intimidated by programming because most of the coding clubs and classes in my school where very advanced, but there wasn't a good place to learn how to code. MAGIC showed me how programming can be used to enhance work in fields other than computer science, and my mentor taught me so much to show me that a career in STEM is attainable and full of opportunities
Laney S. was Mary Grace (Gracie) Murray's mentor from Tufts University. The MAGIC program was a fabulous opportunity for a young woman going into her High School Senior year and later onto college. Laney was an awesome mentor for Gracie. My granddaughter looked forward to their weekly communications and I was politely "informed" what time Gracie had to be available for their correspondences. Laney was a perfect fit for my shy, quiet Mary Grace, to work with and be a mentee. Laney knew her subject matter well and I was later told Gracie was very enthusiastic and was not so shy and quiet! Gracie, her mom and I thank Laney so much for her time and talents! What a wonderful opportunity and experience you all made possible for Gracie!
Ira Pramanick was beyond wonderful! She gave me helpful information on locations and accommodations. She was prompt in returning my emails and answering my many questions, even though she was unbelievably busy herself! She was traveling across the country and world it seemed, while having to put up with a "Gamma" that was computer lame, me! Thank you all!
I really enjoyed being a part of MAGIC. It was both fun and challenging, and I can't wait to use the skills I learned from this program and apply it to other activities. My mentor Deepa Mohan was amazing. She let me go at my own pace, and was always there to help me, for which I am forever grateful for. All in all, I think MAGIC is an amazing program, and I hope that a lot of people apply for MAGIC next year.
As a MAGIC mentor, I love introducing girls to the world of engineering and helping them put all the concepts they are learning together to make something cool. There's nothing like seeing a student's awe at your work, realizing they hold a belief that a similar career is inaccessible to them, and then helping them realize that they can in fact do anything they want by mentoring them through their own hands-on project.
My MAGIC experience was amazing! I learned so much! I came into MAGIC with no coding background and with the help of my mentor I was able to learn the fundamentals of the programming language Python and the basics of machine learning. Now I am much more excited about STEM. MAGIC was an empowering experience for me that help me realize how important it is for girls to know how to code. My mentor Falguni Jhaveri supported me all throughout this process. She helped me overcome challenges such as debugging dense code and answering difficult questions. MAGIC is an amazing non-profit that I am so excited to have been a part of.
My name is Mia, and I am a tenth grader at Deep Run High School. My mentor was Mrs. Kalkunte, and she is hands down the greatest mentor I have ever had. She made me realize that a career in STEM is possible for me, and taught me so much about computer science. My experience was truly MAGICal, pun intended. Mrs. Kalkunte took the time to meet me face to face every week and we worked for an hour, although there were times where we worked for even longer. In those meetings, I would debug and ask for help on my programs. That time also allowed me to talk about my day with Mrs. Kalkunte, and form a close relationship. This is a truly amazing program and I will reflect upon this past year with a lot affection.
I am an eighth grader that goes to Thomas Russell Middle School. To me MAGIC has taught me to learn how to speak up for what you think even though what you speak is sometimes the wrong response. This program has taught me the confidence that I did not have during the beginning of this program. When I started this program I was very shy and could not speak in front of others or as known as public speaking but my mentor helped me get the confidence I have now. My mentor was Mrs. Shami. She is a wonderful and helpful person. She taught me how to make algorithms and how to code a game that I have made on scratch.
My game is a trivia about the brain. I have chose the topic of the brain because I want to become a psychologist in the future. As I said earlier I made my game on scratch. I started with making a simple algorithm about how I wanted the game to look like and how the game was going to work. Then I started to make the actual game.
This experience has taught me about many habits that can help me in the future and towards my career. For example to do your work on time and always be patient because not everything is going to go your way and also to ask for help even when you have the tiniest of confusions.
Overall I think MAGIC was a great experience and thank you MAGIC for teaching me the habits and the confidence to speak up.
I am a 6th grader and I had such a fun time with my mentor, Hema. This was a great experience and I will definitely continue to learn and practice STEM. If I had the chance I would do this program again. My mentor was so supportive of me and we will stay in touch. MAGIC helped me learn all about STEM and created forever lasting friendships. I recommend MAGIC to anyone who wants to learn more about STEM! Thank you MAGIC!
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 mentored a 6th grader via video chat and screen share in creating apps with MIT AppInventor. We both had a tremendous amount of fun. My mentee learned a lot and was able to make some fairly sophisticated apps using the simple drag and drop interface. I would highly recommend becoming a mentor. The program was well organized. I received guidance and instruction the whole way through.
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've have 4 mentees through getMagic, but this year was my first high schooler, and I loved it! It's always fun to code with the kids, but my high schooler was also in the time in her life when she was thinking about colleges, majors, and careers. Those conversations - what she's thinking about, and what advice and experience I could offer, have been the coolest part of the experience for me!
I loved mentoring with GetMagic! I was matched with an excited middle schooler, and we really clicked, which made it easy to help her with her project. I was impressed at how outgoing and creative my mentee was, and she was willing to try anything. She clearly hadn't yet hit the point where she was self conscious about herself or her abilities, and I am optimistic that she will at least consider a career in a STEM field when the time is right. I believe that this program is an excellent way to expose girls to STEM fields in a personalized and interactive way. As they complete their projects, they get to know a woman who made a career out of the subjects they are studying, which seems to be extra encouraging. I think this is an excellent opportunity for girls, and it's an experience I wish I had as a middle/high schooler. I can't wait to mentor with GetMagic again!
I had a really really great time with MAGIC! My mentor was Michelle, and I attempted to build a magnetically levitating model car. Michelle helped me by checking in every week, and giving great insight. I learned so much because of MAGIC!
MAGIC is an amazing program that provides one-on-one mentoring in any STEM field the mentee chooses. You can choose one large project or a few smaller ones - you can do whatever you want! I loved this program because I was able to learn a lot specifically about C++, and also general strategies of organizing/making code. There is so much freedom for the mentees(as mentioned before) and there is so much care put into the process of matching mentors and mentees. Overall, this program is a great experience and a great way for girls to enter the STEM field with experience and confidence.
Magic was such a fun learning experience for me, and my mentor, Smriti, was amazing! I learned so much, and I hope that many more learn all of the stuff magic taught. From coding to being a leader, thank you Magic!
Another session has come to a close and I continue to be amazed at all the mentees and mentors involved in this program. The dedication and commitment from the mentors renew my hope in people. And the creativity and minds of the young mentees renew my hope in the future generation.
I got involved in GetMAGIC through a former colleague at Intel Corporation. The goal of helping young woman interested in STEM was very intriguing to me knowing that the population of women in this area is limited. After spending several months supporting the organization I have to say how excited I am to be involved with GetMAGIC. The mentees are young girls in middle and high school and are simply amazing to watch. One of the mentees from the last session is off to Princeton majoring in Computer Science! Her mentor not only worked on a cool project with her but offered additional advise and coaching as he went off to college. I highly recommend GetMAGIC and look forward to continuing to support the organization in the years to come.