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.
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 .
The power of a positive female role model cannot be overstated. MAGIC is a wonderful opportunity for girls interested in technology to learn skills from a female mentor. My daughter participated as a 7th grader and had a wonderful mentee from Stanford University. Throughout the year with her mentee she learned and utilized several programming languages to create her first website. The guidance from her mentee helped frame the computer programming tasks within a larger university and work context. To boot she just had a blast spending time with such a cool young woman. Brava, MAGIC!
MAGIC is an amazing program and the experience I had impacted my future aspirations for the batter. Last year, I participated in the MAGIC program. I was in 7th grade and decided it would be a fun experience. I was interested in astronomy and astrophysics, but they didn't have a mentor for me in that field, so they went and found one. My mentor, Jessica Werk, was the best possible mentor I could have had. she was personable, kind, and a great teacher. We studies many difficult and engaging topics including computational programing, Hubbell's law, and trigonometry. When it was over last spring, I wanted to keep learning and exploring. MAGIC didn't just teach me knew facts, but a new way of looking at learning. I would love to do it again if given the chance, and would recommend it to anyone.
My daughter participated in the program while in her 7th grade at GMS. She had previous experience with lego robotics and wanted to do more advanced robotics. The magic mentor program was a rewarding experience for her. Her mentor Sara introduced her to new techniques, hardware and software to work on a ambitious project to build a robot that cleans floors. My daughter learned a lot from trial and error and greatly valued the one-on-one time spent with Sara. I highly recommend this program for middle and high school girls.
This is an amazing program! I was a mentee for a year and I learned so much about programming in Python. I know i will be able to apply the skills that I learned at MAGIC to any computing I choose to do in the future. This is a great organization and I am so thankful for everything I got out of it.
Magic is a great organization. Participating in Magic as a mentor is a great opportunity to use the skills I have learned over the years as a Computer Scientist to motivate young women to consider computing related careers. I have enjoyed working with my mentee toward a common goal and seeing her express her ideas throughout the duration of the mentorship. I have also gained a lot by participating and have learned a lot about myself in the process. This program is awesome and I appreciate the chance to be a part of it.
MAGIC is great! As an engineering student the opportunity to use my skills to teach and motivate a young girl is extremely valuable. I was able to grow a lot from seeing my mentee learn and apply her new skills in Computer Science.
Magic is a really great experience. I enjoyed the time and very appreciate the knowledge that will help me guide through engineering in the future ! They helped open my eyes towards technology further
MAGIC is a great program! I met online with my mentor once a week, and it was incredible! My mentor, Ms. Tanya Gupta, taught me how to program using Java. I learned many different types of code as well as helpful tips for getting a career in the computer science field. I honestly really enjoyed this program and seeing myself get a head start in the STEM field.
What a truly "Magical" organization this is! My twelve year old daughter had a mentor who came to our home every week from October through May and spent time building and programming robots with her. It was so fun to hear them collaborating on their projects. The mentor was a great match for my daughter's personality and interests. Thank you for helping keep STEM interests alive and well in my home!