I have been associated with MAGIC as a volunteer for a year now. I mentored a middle-school girl for the academic year 2009-2010 and did several computer-science projects with her. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with the mentee and how we turned her ideas into interesting projects. The mentoring process was made very natural and simple because of the constant support from the core team and all other mentors. To me, MAGIC is not just an opportunity to help a young STEM enthusiast, but also a conducive environment to grow as a mentor and as a scientist.
I started with MAGIC as a volunteer in Nov, 2009 and have been a mentor to a high school girl for the past 5 months. I highly value the 1 on 1 interaction as I think this format provides the greatest impact on the girls. The core management does a great job providing support for each mentor-mentee relationship - while we enjoy almost total freedom in mentoring topics, we must follow certain guidelines to ensure that the girls get a full experience out of each 6-9 month mentorship.
This is my first year as a mentee in Magic and I have had a great experience. I have learned a lot and improved in many areas. My mentor and I used a program called Scratch as well as Stagecast. I have had a wonderful time with my mentor and I think that this was a great opportunity.
My daughter had been asking to take a computer science but no classes are offered anywhere in our district. I heard about MAGIC and my daughter was enrolled as a mentee. She learned so much over the course of the meetings I could not believe it. She programmed a simple calculator and a phone app. Most important, she is even more interested in computer science. There are so few programs available like this. We need to scale it up!
I have been working with MAGIC for two years. Each years I mentored a middle school girl at GMS in Mountain View. In the weekly meetings, we read some STEM related articles online, programmed together using tools like Scratch, played puzzles together. Overall I can see the girls improving their logic thinking skills, and the experience is very rewarding to me as well. MAGIC provides the opportunity to work closely with schools and attract young minds that are interested in learning more about STEM. I strongly support MAGIC and will continue to contribute as a mentor in the program.