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!
Our daughter participated in the MAGIC program through her school. It appealed to her because she thought it would be a fun way to do some hands-on fun stuff in STEM with help from a mentor. It ended up being so much more. Her mentor, Cher Shedd, was out of this world! Our daughter has dreamed of building a roller coaster, and while that seemed a little outside the box, Cher embraced it and helped her learn about the physics behind roller coasters and the concepts of energy and momentum. She built the roller coaster with Cher's help, and then Cher extended my daughter's learning by having her build a website that was about building the roller coaster. Cher taught our daughter about more than STEM concepts and skills though - she was and is an amazing role model for our daughter. MAGIC was a great experience!
I was a volunteer mentor for the MAGIC program for the summer of 2018. This was my first time volunteering with GetMagic Corporation. I enjoyed the experience immensely and will recommend it to anyone who is interested. My mentee and I built a game in Python and she got the opportunity to learn basic programming concepts while applying them too.
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.