My daughter had been asking to take a computer science but no classes are offered anywhere in our district. I heard about MAGIC and my daughter was enrolled as a mentee. She learned so much over the course of the meetings I could not believe it. She programmed a simple calculator and a phone app. Most important, she is even more interested in computer science. There are so few programs available like this. We need to scale it up!
I have been working with MAGIC for two years. Each years I mentored a middle school girl at GMS in Mountain View. In the weekly meetings, we read some STEM related articles online, programmed together using tools like Scratch, played puzzles together. Overall I can see the girls improving their logic thinking skills, and the experience is very rewarding to me as well. MAGIC provides the opportunity to work closely with schools and attract young minds that are interested in learning more about STEM. I strongly support MAGIC and will continue to contribute as a mentor in the program.