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!
What a fantastic experience to see how the program transformed my daughter into an enthusiastic coder! The program Managers and mentors were inspiring and totally dedicated to make a difference!!
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.