I am a first-time volunteer for getmagic.org. The vision of this organization is to get more girls involved in STEM related fields and one of the important aspects of this vision is to make sure that strong role-models are available to the girls. Role-models who are women and are intimately involved in STEM related fields. I believe in and respect this vision and through my first year with getmagic.org as a volunteer, I have seen this visiont make a tangible and significant difference to the participating girls. The best part is seeing the girls being inspired by small technological projects and seeing them use it towards thinking about a career in a STEM related field.
Get More Active Girls in Computing (GetMAGIC/MAGIC) is an NPO that aims to reduce the prevailing gender disparity in STEM. The organization utilizes a 1-1 mentoring model and pairs successful women in STEM with a middle or high-school girl for a period of 3-6 months. The MAGIC model is flexible as it supports both face-face and remote mentoring relationships, and by providing remote mentoring MAGIC aims to scale globally. I served as a mentor at MAGIC, which lead to several successful mentoring relationships. During the sessions the mentees developed various hands-on projects ranging from website development, ruby applications to Java applications. Personally, this was a very fulfilling experience. Several MAGIC mentees, who weren't sure about pursuing a STEM field before they were selected in the program, developed passion and interest in a STEM discipline during the mentoring relationship. MAGIC follows a rigorous process in both mentor and mentee selection that assures successful mentorships. I hope to see MAGIC grow and prosper!
I had a great experience volunteering for MAGIC. Although I live in another state, I was still able to participate fully in the program. My mentor and I met online and spent our time learning about computer programming and writing small programs. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in being a mentor or mentee in STEM topics, even if you can only do so remotely.
I had a great experience volunteering as a MAGIC mentor; I have already recommended it to my colleagues and we have set up a pilot program between our organization, a local University, and a local Middle School that will follow MAGIC's process and work on the same principles. I had volunteered with several different types of STEM events in the past (science demonstrations, talks, and science fair judging) but was looking for a more personal and long-term project that had more flexibility than a coach or tutor - and I found it and more with MAGIC. As a first time mentor, they offered great guidance and support system but also let my mentee and I work independently. We really connected even though we had never met in person (although i would have loved to, and MAGIC would have made it happen); she was truly receptive to the things I had to say, and I found myself sharing things about my experiences that I might not have thought were important but actually did make an impact on her thoughts about STEM and how she approached choosing her major and career field. I really did feel that just an hour a week with her had a big impact, and we didn't even need to talk about technical STEM nitty-gritty every week. I would definitely recommend the MAGIC program to other mentors AND mentees!
I had an amazing experience with the MAGIC program! My mentor, Esha, provided amazing lessons about computer science and showed how it is relevant today. I truly looked forward to my weekly sessions and was always excited to get feedback on the programs I had worked on. Esha was great when it came to scheduling; she was always flexible and made sure our lessons occurred every week. Through the MAGIC program, I gained so much confidence in myself and in my ability to program. I have already used my knowledge in my classes. The MAGIC program is truly amazing.
The MAGIC program is phenomenal! I have been in the program twice once sophomore year and once the summer after senior year in high school. I had absolutely no programming experience when I started and my first Mentor Surahbi was so considerate and patient. She took time out of her busy schedule to meet with me every week and taught me very useful coding knowledge that has helped me even in my Introduction to Java class in college. My second mentor, Esha, was equally dedicated and super understanding. She created interesting lectures and programs and even tailored to my individual schedule's needs. Without this program I would not be able to be the confident programmer I am today and I certainly would not have even chosen Computer Science as a career path. As I am in college now, I can definitively say that MAGIC is a very comprehensive and savvy non-profit. Hopefully, one day I will come full cycle and have the joy of being a volunteer with the organization and change a girl's life as much as MAGIC changed mine.
I was a participant in the MAGIC program last year and had a wonderful experience. I developed and designed a website with my mentor who gave me the tools to continue developing it even after the program ended. It was a great learning experience and I really value the time I spent with my mentor and appreciate the skills I gained throughout the year.
I have learned so much about how I can serve in the computer science field. I have the "reigns." I choose what I want to learn, and how I learn it, which has been a really great experience! I care about the projects I work on and I am genuinely interested in everything I do with MAGIC. I was paired with my mentor because we have a lot in common, which means I really enjoy talking to her, and working with her. It has been a great experience!
GetMagic is centered in California. My understanding is that a long-term goal is to expand to other regions of the U.S. I tried unsuccessfully in 2010 to engage potential mentors in Iowa (my home state). I contacted several female professionals (engineers and professors) but could not get them to commit to mentoring young girls.
Unfortunately, Iowa does not have the industrial base that California has, so the pool of potential mentors is quite small to begin with.
I joined getMagic as a mentor in 2010 and have been mentoring two girls so far. I work with the girls on STEM projects, discuss college choices and explore future career paths in STEM.
During my mentoring, I got fantastic support from the GetMagic management board, as well as from other mentors. We have monthly meetings with other GetMagic mentors, as well as regular 1:1 meetings with the management board. The feedback I get from these meetings helps me very much in my work with the girls. It is great to see how much everyone from GetMagic is involved in supporting young girls interested in STEM.
GetMAGIC has been an amazing learning experience for not only my mentee but for me as well. The opportunity to meet with someone who shares similar interests and passions has been rewarding. She is so willing to learn, that coming up with creative ideas has been challenging but definitely worth it. MAGIC has made it possible to encourage female youths to hold on to their interests in technology and pursue it. MAGIC has created a positive community of encouragement and development and will continue to grow.
Engineering and Computer Science are great well-paying fields and a degree can be achieved in 4 years of study, yet the percentage of girls who elect to major in these fields is low. There is a perception problem, and GetMagic seeks to overcome it by linking women in engineering and computer science careers with girls who have the potential to succeed in these fields.
GetMAGIC has a unique model. They recruit highly talented and motivated young Women to help middle and high school girls build a a career in STEM.
The mentees get the undivided attention of these highly charged mentors for a full academic year. The mentoring curriculum is totally flexible. It is based on the mentees needs and wishes. The mentee is encouraged to set the agenda and plan on utilizing their mentor. Besides motivating and providing access to STEM related resources the mentee is also taught important life skills like planning, managing time, communication etc. as a by-product of the STEM related mentoring.
They have an amazing list of mentees.
The organization model is amazing too. It takes just two women running it part time to get a lot done. They keep focused on tehir core value proposition and keep costs down. GetMagic must have the lowest benefit to cost ratio in the industry.
I really enjoyed the opportunity of being able to learn about computer networking and just science in general from a woman who was very knowledgeable (Wendy Pinos). I found the program helpful for me to learn what it was I was interested in and what it was I didn't want to learn about so much. For example, I was more interested in planet exploration than solar energy. My overall experience was great!
I was a mentee in the MAGIC kickoff in the 2008-2009 school year. My mentor was Rosemary Emery-Montemerlo. We met once a week for about seven months. I had a blast in my one-on-one mentoring experience. My mentor and I looked at object oriented programs (Scratch and Alice) and coding in a computer language (Python). Not only did we learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics, but we also shared stories of our lives and family. I built a bond with my mentor that will never be forgotten. Being a part of Magic has been a great experience for me, and I am pleased to say that I keep in touch with my mentor to this day!
Our school's partnership with GetMagic has allowed girls with a strong interest in computer science and other STEM fields to explore those interests in a supportive yet flexible environment. Not only have the girls learned new skills and been exposed to new technologies and opportunities, but they have also developed their organizational and self advocacy skills as they work with an adult mentor outside of the normal school day.
MAGIC's goal is to encourage teenage girls to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering, or math by fostering one-on-one mentoring relationships with successful women in one of these fields. Healthy relationships between the mentor and the girls builds self confidence and really gives the girls a glimpse of what they can be "when they grow up." The projects that the girls work on are fabulous and for those who have participated in Grace Hopper- what an invaluable experience!!
GetMagic is a wonderful opportunity for professionals who work in industry to share their experiences and career choices as a way of encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Consequently, the young lady I mentored has indicated a strong interest in engineering and will be taking an Introduction to Engineering class in the fall. I believe our discussions about career opportunities in science and engineering related fields helped her to identify new interests and open the door to the academic path and career options for engineering. I endorse GetMagic as an opportunity for exposing young women to career opportunities in STEM disciplines and helping them to make critical decisions as this point in their lives.
I have been associated with MAGIC as a volunteer for a year now. I mentored a middle-school girl for the academic year 2009-2010 and did several computer-science projects with her. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with the mentee and how we turned her ideas into interesting projects. The mentoring process was made very natural and simple because of the constant support from the core team and all other mentors. To me, MAGIC is not just an opportunity to help a young STEM enthusiast, but also a conducive environment to grow as a mentor and as a scientist.
I started with MAGIC as a volunteer in Nov, 2009 and have been a mentor to a high school girl for the past 5 months. I highly value the 1 on 1 interaction as I think this format provides the greatest impact on the girls. The core management does a great job providing support for each mentor-mentee relationship - while we enjoy almost total freedom in mentoring topics, we must follow certain guidelines to ensure that the girls get a full experience out of each 6-9 month mentorship.
This is my first year as a mentee in Magic and I have had a great experience. I have learned a lot and improved in many areas. My mentor and I used a program called Scratch as well as Stagecast. I have had a wonderful time with my mentor and I think that this was a great opportunity.