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.
This program is a great way to encourage young women to pursue STEM-related fields and to build a strong relationship with a student.
MAGIC gives girls an inspiring and nurturing way to get involved in STEM by pairing them with mentors who show them the ropes and demystify the field. The magic of MAGIC is that they start early, when girls can still make choices about what they want their future to look like. Girls know that anything is within their reach and are empowered to start paths they would never have imagined before!
Awesome program! My daughter was paired with a super-impressive mentor at MIT. Everything I expected from the program, from the amount of interaction to the quality of the summer project, met or exceeded my expectations.
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!