The MAGIC program really helped my daughter further her knowledge in the STEM field. Working with a mentor really helped her understanding and growth in engeneering and programming.
Great job MAGIC!
I've been volunteering with MAGIC for almost 5 years now, and it's been a great experience for me as a STEM professional. I've volunteered at science fairs, classes, and other one-day events, but I was looking for something with a little more depth as well as flexibility(scheduling a one-off or all-day event can be hit or miss) - MAGIC is it! It's like being a Big Sister but for STEM, and I love it! I'm not a computer scientist, but MAGIC has found mentees looking for projects in unique areas where I can contribute at least a little bit to their knowledge, and we've been able to meet remotely which makes it much easier to coordinate and fit into my schedule. I have found it both challenging and rewarding to guide these girls through learning about new areas in STEM.
MAGIC provided me with an amazing learning experience. Not only was I able to explore 3-D modeling, a subject I have always been interested in, I was paired up with an understanding and resourceful mentor who helped me with my project and even took me on a tour of her office, so I could learn about the real-life applications of what I was learning about. Overall, I really loved my MAGIC experience, and if I could, I would definitely do it again!
MAGIC was a really interesting program that helped me learn more about a topic I'm interested in, artificial intelligence. I created a chatbot! I don't think I would've been able to do it without the help of my fantastic mentor.
I did this for school and it will stay with me for ever. I really enjoyed the one on one experience with my mentor and being able choose what to do in any STEM field I wanted. I learned a lot of important skills in programming.
My mentor was really nice and supportive. She was very helpful and knew what she was doing. She was also very friendly and fun to work with.
If I could change something about this program it would be to make the mentorship longer. I did this for one year and I would totally continue doing it for longer if I had the chance.
Get Magic is an amazing organization that pairs up girls interesting in coding with women in the computer industry. As a first year mentor the experience was immensely rewarding. It was fun working with my very motivated and bright, remote mentee. We explored together a project using Raspberry pi, web servers, IoT, Python programming, optical switches and basic electronics. Being part of the mentor community is very enriching. There are many opportunities for sharing ideas on projects, new technologies to use, information on tech conference and summer camps etc. The mentorship program is very well coordinated with expectations communicated to both the mentor and the mentee and one on one checkins throughout the year.
Congratulations on a job very well done to all mentees and mentors!
Presentations are unbelievably good it is amazing how much progress they made in an year. It is good to see creativity & innovation in the projects these girls have exhibited in their projects with the help of mentors.
Thankyou so much for Ira & co for providing such an amazing experience for my daughter MAGIC did magic on my daughter and turned her thought process. She was a bit shy and hesitatnt about the program in the beginning but with Bobbys amazing mentoring she turned herself into completely a different girl.
She had a very good time working with Bobby through out the year. Bobby is very patient, brilliant, encouraging and hardworking mentor we can't ask anything more from her. We hope to have Bobby as her mentor next year as well. Thankyou Bobby for putting yourself into the program to help our daughter. We all really appreciate it.
Thankyou for Aparna, Deepa and all for coordinating today's presentations they were pretty smooth and we all had a really good time in presentations, dinner and chatting with you all. We came to know more and get connected with mentors and other like minded parents. Hope to keep in touch with you all and see you again next year.
I was a mentor with MAGIC program and was fortunate to mentor a determined, driven and hard working middle-schooler. She chose a challenging goal in 3D modeling and animation. Along with learning the tools and basics of 3d modeling and texturing I was also able to work with her in getting real world exposure to entertainment industry and asset pipeline.
I am excited to be part of MAGIC that provides an incredible opportunity for girls to go deep in their areas of interest. It's very rewarding to see the out-of-the-box thinking of this generation and heights that they are set to climb.
MAGIC has offered my daughter a wonderful experience this year. She's worked over Skype with a mentor in New Orleans to build a chatbot in CoffeeScript, an ambitious but achievable project through which she learned a great deal. Her mentor was excellent and offered my daughter the chance to collaborate with a woman already making her way with success in the world of technology - a precious thing in a field that too many young women still feel unwelcome from joining.
Thanks so much for all your efforts to engage more girls in STEM! It is admirable what your organization is able to do for the girls and how valuable it is for their future! We are so grateful!
My middle school daughter had a fantastic time learning and was able to go deep into the topic of superconductivity with her mentor and learn more than she expected! Especially for introverted girls having the one on one mentoring really makes a difference! She was able to ask all her questions and have very good discussions with her mentor on all types of science. It was a real gift and she was lucky to have this opportunity!
I was a MAGIC mentor this year and enjoyed the entire experience. The mentees had really impressive projects and it was awesome to see them so excited and engaged at such a young age!
Since I have been involved with the Getmagic program, I have understood and implemented the fundamentals of python, engineered with Raspberry Pi and learned about topics such as the Internet of Things. Additionally, I have become more passionate about advocating girls in STEAM. I thank Magic and my mentor for helping me further my learning about technology and reminding me that it is our future.
I had the wonderful opportunity of being a mentee with MAGIC when I was in 7th grade. Now, almost 7 years later, I have returned to the nonprofit as a mentor. My experience as a mentee was truly amazing - it instilled in me a passion for computer science, and now I am pursuing a degree in computer science at MIT. I only hope to do the same for my mentee! MAGIC provides the perfect opportunities for girls to discover their passions and explore fields and projects they may not have access to in school/in their daily lives. I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic nonprofit! As a mentor, I have also seen the insides of how MAGIC functions, and I am really impressed with the organization and leadership behind the nonprofit. I feel like I have joined a community of amazing, inspiring women (mentors, mentees, and board members alike) and cannot wait to see MAGIC grow!
Through MAGIC , I was able to deepen my knowledge of computer science, specifically website design, and gain confidence in pursuing a career related to computer programming. My mentor Catherine Wah was extremely helpful and made the mentorship a great experience.
I really enjoyed being a part of the MAGIC program this year because it exposed me to new things and has gotten me motivated to try and learn more programming in my near future. Working in the MAGIC program has been a terrific experience for me and as a result have one foot in the door for STEM.
MAGIC enabled me to explore computer science with resources I never had access to before. They connected me with a mentor, Soja who not only gave me advice on computer science, but also on college and careers. She took time out of her busy schedule to meet with me every week to help me. They also funded my project with involved iPhone apps and robots which would have been too costly for me to afford.
Mentoring for magic was fantastic! It was great to help my mentee learn, and it was an amazing opportunity to learn how to teach!
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!
Volunteering for MAGIC as a mentor was a very rewarding experience. MAGIC matched me with such an amazing student. She was always eager learn and listened to everything I wanted to teach her. What intrigued me the most was how hard she was working. She attended high school, attended college classes, and was also a volunteer herself, however, she still made time to work on her project when she was not busy with her everyday life. At first, choosing a project seemed to be an impossible choice to make, but when stated that programming/coding does not just need to be visually appealing, but should be used in combination with your passion, she had the best idea. She wanted to make an informative website regarding human trafficking. As soon as she told me her idea, I knew that she had seen computer science in a different way. No longer did it seem like a difficult topic to conquer, but a very interesting topic to learn, which she found to be a way she can make a difference in the world, through educating the public about a subject people turn their faces to. She no longer was intimidated with coding.
I really enjoyed being her mentor, and a mentor for MAGIC, where a difference can be made in each students' lives' as well as a difference in the world.