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.
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.
Thank you so much for MAGIC Sara and Ira. My daughter is going to Gunn High School next year, and is signed up for advanced math, and auto mechanics. When she started at GMS she hated science and math, and now they are her two favorite subjects by a lot. Thank you for helping her find her interests. I think auto mechanics is going to be great for her, it reminds me of the kinds of things she did with Sara.
Magic is a tremendous program. My daughter had a great mentor, who came every weekend for months, and taught her all sorts of cool, interesting things. I can't recommend it highly enough. She loved it.
I was able to learn HTML and CSS in only a few weeks and then create a project with my information and HTML. We are now learning Java Script and my mentor has found a perfect site to do so! MAGIC helped me learn A LOT I didn't know and my mentor was flexible to meet any time.
I liked learning how to code one on one because it was more comfortable to ask questions and because I didn't have to worry about what others would think of my questions. I was also able to fully understand everything at my own pace. I really loved working with Tanya Gupta, my mentor, and getting to know her over the year. She's so nice, supportive, and patient. I really felt like we developed a friendship. I really looked forward to my meetings with her; it was a highlight of my week. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning how to code, they will love it!
I really loved MAGIC. I was a MAGIC Mentee during the 2013 - 2014 school year, and I learned a lot. It was great since I got to pick what I wanted to do, unlike a summer camp, where I have to do what they want me to do. I made an app with Corona SDK, and since it was my mentor's first time using this, she learned a lot as well. Because it was one-on-one, I learned a lot more than I would if I was in a class. I am now very interested in Computer Science and I will definitely take Computer Science classes!
I have been mentoring with MAGIC for two years now and have loved my experience. It is very exciting to meet young minds who are keen in the STEM fields and then see them grow and develop interests.
I had a wonderful experience as a MAGIC mentee during the 2013-2014 school year. It was a great because I always knew I could go to my mentor if I had any questions, and even if she didn't know the answer- she would by the following meeting. The best part of MAGIC is definitely being able to choose what I want to learn and how I want to learn about it. This flexibility allowed for me to find languages I liked, and get the chance to learn more about them. I also really liked how I was the one coming up with the projects and I got the chance to add my own elements. A website like CodeAcademy was a great resource, but it meant so much more to have someone there going over the information with me. Overall I had a great experience, and I know that I will take this experience with me into high school and through the rest of my Computer Science education.
I started volunteering with MAGIC since 2013 as a mentor. I found it very rewarding to share my experience one-on-one with my mentee, and to learn from her. We all agree that having a role model in our life and career path is very important, and I am amazed by the positive impact MAGIC is bringing to the young women and the mentors .