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!
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.