I came into MAGIC not knowing anything at all. I was curious about Computer Science and this program has made me realize how fun it is and I recommend it to anyone wanting to pursue a career in CS or STEM or is just even the slightest bit curious. This program without a doubt was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My mentor not only taught me how to code and create a website about something I am passionate about, but she became a friend and someone who I could turn to with any questions about anything, from school to career advice. Join and you will not regret it!
This mentor program was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much about Java, thanks to Tanya Gupta and she helped remove all my doubts about majoring in CS.
MAGIC was absolutely a wonderful experience for me. If you're interested in learning about tech and STEM for girls, MAGIC provides one on one mentoring with women who work in the tech industry. You can learn more about or even pursue an idea you have for a project. In my case, my interest in tech had just sparked, so I was looking for a introduction to the different topics. My mentor and I met weekly, covering many topics, including coding in python and working with an arduino. The program has helped me discover my interests and has given me support and guidance.
Awesome and life changing program, MAGIC needs ten stars! MAGIC has opened up amazing opportunities and helped me gain insight into the STEM field.
I found MAGIC through the internet, the selection process was highly personalized and as a result me and my mentor, Pi-Chuan Chang, worked very well together. She was a good listener, very supportive and was completely open to working on what ever project I wanted. Her teaching style was very heuristic, perfect as I like educational freedom and discovery. I leaned a lot about engineering, programming and math. The best part was being able to visit the campuses of Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. I spent the whole day in Mountain View meeting engineers from each of the companies.
As a girl who has participated in a lot of STEM outreach programs, MAGIC is by far my favorite. With the deep personalized of the program it was always engaging and all the women I met were very inspiring. The technical knowledge you gain in only the beginning. My mentor gave me lots of advice for college and introduced me to different engineering careers in tech.
I've always had a love for STEM, especially tech. But when I'd tell people I wanted to be a computer scientist my friends and even strangers would tell me, "Wow that's going to be hard, not a lot of women are in the field." or "Good Luck!" The media too does nothing but give this impression that as a girl your going to be an outsider, that you're an "other". After MAGIC, I've met so many women who completely dispel that myth . I've received nothing but support and encouragement from MAGIC and the women I've met. There might be a small number of women in tech but they stand in solidarity and strength.
I'd recommend MAGIC to any girl, you won't be disappointed.
Amazing experience! My daughter new nothing about Computer Science and now she is thinking about a career in that field. This is a very professional and well organized program.
This organization gave me such an amazing opportunity- and I am glad I took it. My mentor was great at helping me with all my problems and really helped me learn at a great pace. At the end all my work culminated into an amazing application that I could have never made without the help of my mentor. A definite recommendation for anyone willing to learn!
I had a blast working with my mentee! She was so enthusiastic, which made our time working together lots of fun! I think she got a lot out of the experience, and I am looking forward to mentoring again someday!
My mentee was not only funny, but extremely helpful!! We had lots of fun together, and
I had a blast.
I enjoyed being a Magic Mentee and my mentor was very enthusiastic and overall this program was amazing!
Through my experiences at MAGIC, I was able to be introduced to neurology and understand basic concepts I hadn't thought about before. I applied my knowledge to a project describing the uses of different brain parts. MAGIC is a great way to learn more about STEM fields and I recommend it to anyone with interest in those fields.
I have volunteered with MAGIC as a mentor for the past two years since graduating from university and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had. MAGIC aims to get more young women involved in STEM by pairing a mentee with a female role model to work on technological projects that fit her interests. The uniqueness and strength of this program is in the one-on-one relationships that exist between a mentor and mentee and the ability of the pair to create a project that highlights the mentee’s interests as well as her development during the program. MAGIC is special because it allows young women to develop not only technical skills but soft skills as well such as the confidence to bring their ideas to fruition. Being able to share my passion with my mentees and see their excitement and growth over the course of the year has been incredibly rewarding as well. It is the most rewarding volunteer experience that I have been a part of and I would highly recommend it to both mentees and mentors.
MAGIC aims to get more girls involved in STEM fields and as a mentor, I was able to help my mentee (a middle-schooler), channel her creativity to work on a project in her field of interest - neuroscience. Discussing physiological facts about the brain and recent medical technology developments with her was a lot of fun and it got her more interested in neuroscience. Overall, being able to have an impact on these young minds and helping them have fun while learning is a very gratifying experience.
MAGIC corporation is a way in which children have fun in what they are learning. This was my first year and I had a wonderful time working on my project with my mentor, Magreth. The organization also develops children's passion in engineering. They allow the students to explore other sides of engineering as a career such as creating games and attending some conferences.
I was a MAGIC mentee for 2015-2016 and have thereafter been impassioned to pursue STEM related subjects. I never would have developed my interest in coding if it hadn't been for my mentor, who shared personal and professional insight with me and continually impressed with her with her wide and deep knowledge in computer science.
Mentoring with MAGIC is one of the most satisfying decisions I have ever made. This is my second year mentoring with MAGIC, and I am looking forward for the third year! I have had great times with my mentees and fellow mentors, I am so amazed by how MAGIC have been able to positively impact the career decisions of these young women. I am glad to be part of this initiative!
I started with MAGIC as a mentee, and have now had the wonderful experience of being a mentor. MAGIC is such a wonderful program, and I have learned and grown from being both a mentee and a mentor.
Thank you so much to Michelle, Ms. Entress, and Ms. Pramanick! I've learned so much and I definitely had so much fun. I now know how to connect different things to STEM and explore and discover even more. Thanks again!
I am the Computer Science department chair and MAGIC coordinator for my school, the Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, CA. At this point, MAGIC has matched nearly 50 young women from my school with female mentors who share their STEM interests. What a gift to those girls! The value of the 1-to-1 mentorships cannot be overstated. Though our school already has a strong math, science, and technology focus, this program has given an extra boost to girls who have a hunger to 'go deeper' and who crave the specialized knowledge that a professional in the field has to offer. Year after year, I see our MAGIC students thrive on the relationships they build through the program and develop technical talents beyond what could usually be expected from a middle schooler. The individualized direct support of programs like MAGIC is the best way overcome the sense of exclusion from the STEM fields that so many women feel. Hooray to the uniformly excellent MAGIC volunteers (and MAGIC's dedicated founder, Ira Pramanick) for addressing a critical need and helping to cultivate our next generation of technical leaders.
Our 14 year old daughter participated in the MAGIC program in 2014. She learnt about the program from her school. It was a phenomenal learning experience and I highly recommend the program. All girls had to complete a formal application, go through an interview process and commit to a couple of hours of project work for 3-4 months period. MAGIC leaders paired our daughter with a wonderful young woman, Michelle. She is an amazing role model for young girls – she is caring, patient, extremely intelligent, hardworking, highly accomplished and fun loving. Our daughter looked forward to her Saturday morning sessions with Michelle. Our daughter is interested in Biology, Genetics, Drug discovery and Programming. They started by learning Python programming as well as some basic concepts in genetics. Michelle helped our daughter brainstorm and come up with a programming project related to genetics. At the end of the program the girls and their mentors presented and demonstrated their work. The girls seem to have benefited immensely and confidently talked about the various projects. Our daughter learnt a lot from Michelle and is keen on going deeper into the topic. Michelle has become a very good friend, is a great mentor and someone our daughter admires and genuinely looks up to. We really appreciate Ira Pramanick for starting such a great program that will have a lasting impact on the lives of these young girls. Thank you Ira and Michelle!
I applied for mentoring here, and I was given a very warm and kind mentor. I had a variety of options to choose from for learning. I finally chose to learn about Python. We used Codeacademy to finish lessons. It was a wonderful experience, considering the fact that I have never done programming in my life. It allowed me to practice Math, my favorite subject. When I realized I wasn't very interested in Genetics, I was able to switch to something else easily. This was a wonderful experience, and my mentor has been very kind, generous, and she is a great teacher. I would strongly recommend this program for any girl in middle or high school.