Through GETMagic, I was paired up with a mentor that taught me how to code in HTML, CSS, and Java, which is something that I never would have had the experience to do outside of GETMagic. I really enjoyed being able to visit the Google campus and meeting so many incredible women, from my own mentor to several other ones. Each of them were all very unique and talented individuals that I enjoyed talking to and working with and if I had a chance to do this program again, I absolutely would.
I mentored with MAGIC for the first time this year and had a great experience. The entire MAGIC team and other mentors were very supportive of both the mentees and each other. I was so happy to see MAGIC provide opportunities for young girls to explore stimulating projects in STEM that they themselves were passionate about. I would definitely recommend MAGIC to any middle or high school girls interested in STEM!
I have been volunteering for MAGIC since 2008. Every year I'm still learning something new from my mentees and all the other MAGIC mentors, and it has been really fun!
I got involved in GetMAGIC through introduction from a friend. The objective of helping young women in STEM was very interesting to me. After spending almost 6 months as a mentor, I must say that I am extremely delighted to be involved with GetMAGIC. Mentoring these young minds is a rewarding experience, as you learn so much in the process. This organization is very well run and extremely organized. I highly recommend Getmagic !
MAGIC is a very well organized effort at bringing the magic of STEM to more and more girls via 1-1 mentoring. I got to be a MAGIC mentor to two awesome girls over the past two years. It's such an incredible feeling to watch your mentees learn, work through challenges, and complete a project in their area of interest.
I am sure that the experience and industry connections that the mentees acquire via MAGIC will be a great asset to them over the years. I also like it that MAGIC provides a platform for mentors like me to network with like-minded professionals.
MAGIC was such an incredible opportunity that allowed girls like me become interested in a STEM field! I was also very lucky to get such amazing mentors like Jen and Uma. They guided me every step of the way from the initial idea to the final product. Having a woman mentor made a huge difference as I could relate and connect even better. In learning their backgrounds and stories, I was inspired that women could work on such amazing projects in their professional career. I went from knowing nothing about coding to building a functioning IOS/Android app. Jen was such a kind and patient mentor who taught me so much and helped troubleshoot and overcome challenges. MAGIC is able to find inspiring women mentors, who volunteer their personal time to help the girls with their projects. I discussed some possible project ideas and very quickly knew what I want to do and then we spent 1 on 1 time over 6 months to bring my app idea to reality. Because of MAGIC, I made new friends, got interested in a STEM career, and developed an app that I plan to continue building. In addition, my little sister (9 years) got interested in coding as well and started Scratch programming all by herself. I want to thank MAGIC and Jen for such a memorable experience.
My experience with MAGIC was truly incredible and memorable. My mentor, Hema, was so kind and helpful throughout the entire process. With her guidance, I found the motivation and the passion to pursue a tricky machine learning project. She provided the resources and the support to make my project extremely successful. The one-on-one female mentorship was also something so unique and so valuable, and I definitely could not be where I am today without the help of my mentor and the wonderful opportunities that MAGIC provided.
My daughter wasn't into computer programming at all until last year. Then she decided to try out comp science as one of the subjects in this academic year, when we found out about MAGIC through one of my colleagues. Even though we started a bit late, it has made a world of difference! She is very interested in technology now, in fact she comes up with new ideas almost every day :-) MAGIC has indeed done magic ! Thank you very much to the mentors, organizers and volunteers for all the positive experience and influence that your program has been providing. I had the opportunity to attend the presentations at Google by some of the girls - its a truly amazing experience to see all the creativity flowing.
I mentored an amazing 8th grade student from January to May. Magic is such a well-organized group, which provides significant assistance to mentors via monthly meetings and a supportive network of mentors. My mentee and I were both interested in biology and genetics, so we chose projects in those fields. We decided on a set of projects that aligned with my mentees other interests too, focusing on the theme of super bugs. After some background research, my mentee drove the project by designing a grade level experiment to see how many people could be infected by an imaginary bacteria AND filmed and produced a public service announcement on the topic. Great experience!
I am from the program Magic and I worked with Priscilla Pham which is the Co-founder of Math Papa. With Priscilla I worked to make a Pet website. Whenever I didn't understand something she would always reference the concept to something else that was more in my vocabulary. Priscilla is very nice and she is a brilliant coder. Without Priscilla I wouldn't have been able to do it.
I think MAGIC is a great program for the youth go want to get involved with STEM related activities and it's an opportunity for them to expand their knowledge and skills in that area. I'm glad that I was able to be part of MAGIC because they offer you help that you need to take advantage of in order to gain as much new knowledge as possible. It's great that they can recruit mentors to be that source of help for the children who are part of that program and I was lucky enough to get an extremely caring and helpful mentor, Ellen Blaine. Overall, I had a great time joining MAGIC and I would recommend it to others.
I have loved my experience with MAGIC! My mentor, Akhila, was the most wonderful and patient teacher I could ask for. She taught me how to code in Python, and was at my side throughout the entire project. I know that she was very busy, and I am so grateful for the time that she took out of her schedule to help me. Overall, I have had an incredible experience and would highly recommend MAGIC to anyone who is interested in learning more about the STEM field!
I did MAGIC in seventh grade, and it was an amazing experience! My mentor Smriti was so kind and helpful, and I'm so glad I got to work with her. She helped me through the entire project, and taught me Swift in less than a year. Overall, MAGIC was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
My 8th grade daughter joined the MAGIC program this past spring. Her mentor Ira who is a woman engineer at Google. Ira was a wonderful and dedicated mentor. Despite her busy schedule, she made herself available to answer my daughter’s questions. She replied emails in a timely manner and she sometimes sent out emails in midnight. Ira even spent extra time to help my daughter ensuring she could finish her project on time. She invited my daughter to her house to help debugging the program when my daughter got stuck. Ira not only taught my daughter programming skill, but most importantly, she has also made herself a role model for my daughter.
There is a final presentation at the end of each term. On the day of presentation, MAGIC organized the girls to tour the Google campus and invited the girls having a lunch there. That was a fun day for the girls. The presentations were incredibly successful. It was amazed to see so much progress they had achieved. I certainly recommend the MAGIC program! We appreciate everyone at MAGIC for providing such a wonderful program to young girls who are willing to learn more about STEM.
My daughter had great experience being part of Magic mentoring program! Her mentor, Becky, is incredibly talented and passionately worked with Sruthi! She introduced Python and taught her how to create games using Python. My daughter always eagerly waited for their weekly session and truly enjoyed working with Becky, Thanks a lot to Magic for providing such great opportunity!
It was an exciting experience to see the MAGIC in my daughter's growth and her sense of empowerment. These experiences served as a foundation into Computer Science and into a world of possibilities. The Magic program brought together the ability to solve complex problems using a programmatic approach.
Namitha Benjamin, my daughter's mentor, is an extremely intelligent woman that was her coach and friend. Namitha is patient, caring, and very dedicated to helping students evolve in their full potential.
I highly recommend Magic, and Namitha, to new students that are interested in learning about computer science. There is no challenge this wonderful program can't help solve for motivated students.
Our 7th grade daughter was a Magic mentee last year. Her mentor Smriti who is a student at MIT, was a spectacular mentor. Our daughter would look forward to their weekly Skype sessions. The interactions were always very thoughtful and positive. Smriti made our daughter feel confident in her abilities and explained complex ideas in such a way that our daughter never felt intimidated, but was actually excited to learn. Smriti made learning Xcode fun for a 12 year old. How cool is that? We are hoping that the girls will stay in touch and that Smriti will remain her mentor for a long time to come. We are thankful to Magic for providing such an amazing role model for our daughter.