The month of May saw the culmination of MAGIC mentoring sessions across ten partner schools/centers across the US, as well as three high school independents (mentees from non-partner schools who applied through our website). Forty-three mentees completed this mentoring session, each of them doing a fantastic job of their projects under the guidance of their mentors. The mentees gave talks on their MAGIC work and experience at the final presentation events at their school/center, as well as did a demo of their project.
Below are the details of the sessions at each of the partners'.
Congratulations to all the mentee-mentor pairs on a job well done! Many thanks to the MAGIC Program Managers, school coordinators, and other volunteers for helping to make this another great session of MAGIC!
The second round of 2020-2021 MAGIC sessions kicked off at the remaining MAGIC partner schools and for three independent mentees over the months of January and February. Each group of mentees accepted into this session is listed below:
Wishing the entire set of MAGIC mentees for 2020-2021 a very MAGICal mentoring journey!
The 2020-21 session of MAGIC kicked off at two additional schools this week.
On Monday December 14 was the kickoff for a new partner of MAGIC on the east coast, the Brooklyn LAB Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. Three high schoolers from this school are participating in this pilot session — a ninth grader and two tenth graders.
MAGIC also kicked off a session at one of MAGIC's existing partners on the west coast, the Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, on Friday December 18. The two mentees participating this year from Eastside are both tenth graders.
Here's wishing a MAGICal journey to both these groups of mentees!
The 2020-21 session of MAGIC is off to a great start at our oldest partner school, The Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, California, with a mentee kickoff on Friday, December 11th. Seven girls have been selected to participate in this year's mentoring session: three sixth graders, two seventh graders, and two eighth graders.
The second phase of the pilot MAGIC session, at Marymount School in Manhattan, New York, also kicked off on Friday, December 11th., with two additional mentees accepted into the program. Both of these mentees are tenth graders.
Both these sets of mentees will start their mentoring session in January 2021.
The MAGIC mentoring for the 2020-2021 session is off to a great start with the kickoffs at the following two schools on the east coast:
Marymount is a new MAGIC partner, and the pilot MAGIC session there will proceed in two phases. The first phase kicked off earlier this month, with two mentees participating in the program. Both the mentees are in the 11th. grade. The second phase will kick off in December. Both phases will end with a final presentation event in May 2021.
The 2020-21 session is the fourth MAGIC session at SKA. Seven mentees have been selected into the program this year, and are from grades 9 through 12. The session will end with a final presentation event in May 2021.
Here's wishing each mentee-mentor pair a great MAGICal experience!
Google's Women@Health team partnered with MAGIC to host a virtual field trip for a group of MAGIC mentee alumnae, who are currently high school students. The event was held on the afternoon of Friday, November 6th. Eleven mentee alumnae attended this event. It was a fun-packed afternoon, and included:
Each mentee alum had a wonderful experience.
Thank you Google's Women@Health team for hosting this amazing event for the girls!
MAGIC founder Ira Pramanick was invited to give a keynote at an online hackathon hosted by NewtonHACKS on August 29th, 2020. This was an all-day event for beginner programmers entering Grades 6-12. Ira was invited to talk about her experience as a woman in CS, and how she overcame the challenges/struggles that faced her. She weaved her story into this slide deck that she created for her keynote.
Eight mentees and a summer intern presented their work over the summer session, spanning ten weeks of their work under the guidance of their mentors, on Friday, August 28th. This final presentation event was a virtual Zoom event, and the audience consisted of mentees' families and teachers, mentors, board members and a few interested members of the community at large. The mentee projects included:
The slide deck of the mentee presentations can be found here.
Recordings of the mentee presentations and mentee-mentor interviews will be published on our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages in the near future!
Congratulations to all the mentees and mentors, and our intern, on a fantastic job!
The summer 2020 session of MAGIC mentoring kicked off in the week of June 15th, with ten mentees participating in the program, ranging from a rising 7th. grader, all the way to a high school graduate (rising freshman in college). Two of the mentees are from New York, one from Florida, one from Washington, and the remaining six from the San Francisco bay area. The ten summer mentors are located in various parts of the US, including New York, Ohio, Washington DC, Washington, and the San Francisco bay area.
The summer session will be ten weeks long, and will culminate with a final presentation event at the end of August.
Wishing a MAGICal journey to the ten mentee-mentor pairs!
The 2019-20 MAGIC mentoring session concluded with final presentation events at all the MAGIC partners, starting from May 13th., all the way to June 1st. The final events were online events, using Zoom. Each mentee presented her learning experience and her project, and did a demo of her project. Each mentee-mentor pair was interviewed on the same day regarding their experience. Videos of the presentation and interviews will be published in the near future to MAGIC's LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts.
A total of thirty-one mentees graduated during this session of MAGIC, across nine partner schools and three independent schools. The partner schools were located in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Many thanks to the MAGIC partners for their support of the program, notably to the MAGIC coordinators at these schools:
MAGIC is grateful to the MAGIC Program Managers (PMs) for ensuring the success of the program by taking care of each of the sessions with a great deal of attention and detail:
MAGIC would also like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who helped interview the mentor-mentee pairs at the final event. Last, but not least, MAGIC is indebted to Ian Gulliver, for taking care of all the online final event logistics and the recording and production of the presentation and interview videos.
A huge congratulations to all the mentees and mentors on an outstanding job!
The 2019-2020 session of MAGIC has completed its kickoff at its various partner schools, with the first of the series of kickoffs taking place in November 2019, and the last kickoff taking place in February 2020. We have nine partner schools participating this year, and three independent mentees as well. Out of the nine partners, two are in New York, one in Los Angeles, and six in the bay area. A total of thirty-nine mentees are participating in this session — nineteen of these mentees are high school students and twenty are middle school students. The number of remote mentor-mentee pairs is approximately fifty percent of all the pairs.
The partners are:
The three independent mentees are from the following high schools in the bay area:
Good luck to each mentee-mentor pair on their MAGICal journey!
Ten MAGIC mentees who participated in the 2019 summer mentoring session presented their work and demonstrated their projects at the final presentation event on Friday, September 6th. This event was held at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. The audience consisted of mentors, mentee families, teachers and members of the MAGIC staff.
The mentee-mentor pairs and their projects were as follows:
The slides from the presentation can be found here.
Many thanks to the two MAGIC PMs, Jannie Wu and Ira Pramanick, for managing the summer session, and a huge thanks to Google for hosting the final presentation event.
Congratulations to the mentees and their mentors for a job superbly done!
The 2019 MAGIC summer session kicked off on the 15th of June with ten mentees participating in this session. Two of the mentees are rising 7th graders, and the remaining eight are high school students. Half of the mentees have remote mentors.
MAGIC is piloting its program with a new partner this summer: The Oxford Day Academy in East Palo Alto, CA, from which one mentee is participating in the program. Another mentee is from Eastside College Preparatory, one of MAGIC's existing partners. The remaining eight mentees are independents (mentees who applied directly through our website, and aren't affiliated with any of our existing partner schools).
Good luck to the ten mentee-mentor pairs in their MAGICal journey this summer!
The last of the final presentation events for the MAGIC 2018-2019 sessions took place on Tuesday, June 4th, at The Salem Academy Charter School in Salem, Massachusetts. This mentoring session was accomplished through MAGIC's partnership with the Leap for Education (Leap4Ed) organization.
Five middle school mentees presented their projects and demos to an audience consisting of 7th and 8th grade students of Salem Academy, the school staff, MAGIC mentors and MAGIC staff. The mentee-mentor pairs and their projects are as follows:
Their presentation slides can be found here.
Many thanks to Kayla Dorst, the LEAP for Education director and the MAGIC coordinator at Leap4Ed, and Kim Fujikawa, the MAGIC PM for Leap4Ed, for working hard to ensure a successful mentoring session at Leap4Ed.
A huge congratulations to the mentees and their mentors for a job well done!
Two schools on the west coast and a school on the east coast concluded their MAGIC sessions with final presentation events in the week of May 27th
On May 29th, seven high school mentees from the Stella K. Abraham High School (SKA) in Long Beach, New York, gave presentations and demos of their MAGIC projects to an audience consisting of their peers, school staff, mentors, parents and families, and MAGIC staff. These mentee-mentor pairs and their projects are as follows:
Their final presentations can be found in this slide deck.
On May 30th, six middle school mentees from the two Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) middle schools in Milpitas, California, namely, Rancho Milpitas Middle School and Thomas Russell Middle School, presented their MAGIC projects. The audience consisted of mentees and mentors, parents and families, MUSD administrators, and MAGIC staff. These six mentee-mentor pairs and their projects are as follows:
At this event, two guest mentees also presented their work:
The presentations of these eight mentees at the MUSD final event can be found in this slide deck.
Many thanks to the SKA coordinator Chana Glatt, MUSD coordinator Sheetal Raina, MAGIC PM for SKA Jennifer Horowitz, MAGIC PM for MUSD Jiawei Zhang, MAGIC PM for NCBW Michelle Garcia, and MAGIC PM for Independents Ira Pramanick, for their hard work and support of their MAGIC sessions.
A huge congratulations to all the mentees and their mentors for a fantastic job!
Two additional sets of MAGIC mentees concluded their mentoring sessions with final presentation events in the week of May 20.
On the 20th, four middle school mentees from The Ann Richards School presented their MAGIC projects to their middle school peers, school staff, their mentors and MAGIC staff. The mentee-mentor pairs and their projects were as follows:
Here's a link to the presentation slides from the event. The MAGIC program at Ann Richards was coordinated by Jill Dicuffa from Ann Richards, with Cherie Shedd serving as the PM from the MAGIC end.
On May 22nd, an independent (that is, not from one of the MAGIC partner schools) mentee presented her project to her peers at her school. Kamna K, a seventh grader, combined her love of architecture and her goal of learning programming into her MAGIC project, and built a website to showcase her SketchUp house models. Kamna was mentored by Ira Pramanick. Here's a link to her slides.
Hearty congratulations to all the mentees and mentors for a fabulous job!
The week of May 13 marked the closing events at four MAGIC partner schools:
In all, fifteen mentees participated in these closing presentation events. Five of these mentees were high school students, and ten were middle school students. About half of these mentees were remotely mentored. Two mentees, one from our National Coalition of Black Women (NCBW) partner, and the other an independent mentee, also presented their projects at GMS and Castilleja respectively.
Listed below are the event details, with the links to the final presentation slides for each event, and the mentee-mentor pairs at those events:
Many thanks to the Coordinators for MAGIC at the schools:
and to the MAGIC Program Managers for these schools:
A huge congratulations to each of the fifteen mentee-mentor pairs for their superb work!
The MAGIC mentoring session at Menlo School in Atherton, CA, concluded this past week, with a final presentation event held on Thursday, May 2nd. Three mentees from Menlo, two sixth graders and a ninth grader, presented their work and showed demos of their projects to an audience consisting of Menlo middle school students, Menlo faculty, and members of the MAGIC core team. The mentee-mentor pairs and their projects were as follows:
Here's a link to the presentation slides from the event. The MAGIC program at Menlo was coordinated by Nina A, the M-BEST Director at Menlo, with Ira Pramanick serving as the PM from the MAGIC end.
Kudos to each mentee and mentor for a job well done!
The Spring 2019 session for MAGIC kicked off this month at the following MAGIC partner organizations:
Additionally, we have accepted three mentees who do not belong to any of our partners, but had applied online. Two of these mentees are from the west coast, and one from the east coast. The Spring session for MAGIC will culminate in the May/June time frame, with final presentation events at the partner sites.
About seventy-five percent of the Spring session mentees are middle school students. The remaining twenty-five percent are high school students, from the Menlo School and the YULA Girls' High School, and one of the high school students is an independent mentee. About eighty percent of the mentor-mentee pairs of the Spring session will be meeting remotely.
Good luck to all the mentor-mentee pairs as they embark upon their MAGICal journeys this spring!
MAGIC 2018-19 has been off to a great start with sessions kicking off at several of our partners on the west and east coasts of the US, including the states of California, New York, and Virginia. These partners are:
About 60% of these mentees are middle schoolers, and the remaining 40% are high school students. Our mentors are located in various parts of the US; about 50% of our mentees are being remotely mentored!
We are also in the process of kicking off spring mentoring in our other partner schools/centers in Massachusetts, Texas and the California Bay Area.
As we look forward to another fruitful year of MAGIC, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our partners, mentors and volunteers for their strong support of the program!
The 2018 summer session of MAGIC came to a close with two final presentation events, one on the west coast and the other on the east coast.
The east coast final presentation event took place on Thursday, September 13th., and was hosted by Kayla Dorst, Director of Program and Innovation at the Leap for Education (Leap4Ed) organization in Salem, MA. Three mentees from three schools presented at this event. Special thanks to Kayla for integrating Jalyn M. from Southern California into the east coast presentation line up.
The west coast final presentation event was hosted by the Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA, on Friday, the 14th. of September. Six mentees from four schools presented at this event:
Many thanks to the MAGIC coordinators for a successful summer session: Ira Pramanick for Menlo and Independents, Jannie Wu for Eastside, Kim Fujikawa for Leap4Ed, and Shami Ahuja for Notre Dame.
Kudos to all the mentees for a very impressive set of presentations, demos and their projects, and to their mentors for guiding them in their MAGICal journey this summer!
As in the past few summers, MAGIC has offered a limited number of mentoring slots this summer. Eight mentees have been accepted in the program this summer, three from the east coast and five from the west coast.
MAGIC is pleased to pilot a partnership this summer with Notre Dame High School in San Jose, with three high schoolers participating as mentees. The other two west coast mentees are from our existing partner schools, the Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA, and the Menlo School in Atherton, CA. From the east coast, two of the mentees are from MAGIC's existing partner organization, Leap for Education, based in Salem, MA, and the third mentee comes from an independent, non-partner school channel, and is located in Virginia.
Seven of the mentees are high schoolers, and one is from the sixth grade. Five of the mentees are being remotely mentored, and the remaining three have face-to-face mentoring meetings.
All the best to the summer mentee-mentor pairs for a fruitful mentoring session. We cannot wait to hear you present your projects at the end of the summer session!
The last of the 2017-18 mentee presentations for MAGIC was held on Monday, June 18th., at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA. The mentees who presented were from non-partner schools, and had applied to the MAGIC program via the website. Many of these mentees are located in various parts of the US, as are many of the mentors, and traveled to the bay area for this presentation. Four of the mentees were middle schoolers and three were high schoolers. Here are the slides presented at the event.
The seven mentee-mentor pairs and their projects were as follows:
These pairs were coordinated by Ira Pramanick and Kim Fujikawa from MAGIC.
A huge congratulations to all the mentees and their mentors for a job superbly done!
MAGIC is grateful to the Tech Museum for sponsoring this event, and is looking forward to a fruitful partnership in the future!
MAGIC’s end-of-year presentations continued in Southern California at the Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School (YULA) on Friday June 8th. The presentations were held in the YULA STEAM Lab with an audience that included the YULA STEM Club, parents of the mentees, YULA administrative staff, and mentors (both in person and remote). Four mentees completed their MAGIC program: Jennifer P., Natalie S., Eliana S., and Elisheva G. Their mentors were Jessica W., Joan D., Iryna B., and Adele L. respectively. Each of the mentees presented their final projects, as outlined below. The presentation slides can be viewed here.
Special thanks to Jordana Wertheimer, Director of Student Life and Leadership, for hosting the presentation at YULA. This session at YULA was coordinated by Kim Fujikawa from MAGIC.
The week of May 20th. witnessed three final presentation events for MAGIC.
The mentees worked on a wide range of extremely interesting projects, ranging from building websites, robots, drug development for breast cancer, and using technology for architectural designs, to mention a few. The final presentation events were attended by mentees' family members, mentors, school administrators and teachers and members of the MAGIC core team.
MAGIC is excited about expanding its partners into various parts of the US, and continuing its program with its oldest partner.
MAGIC mentoring sessions completed in two schools in Northern California in the week of May 13th. Castilleja School in Palo Alto had the final presentation event on May 14th., and Menlo School in Atherton had the final presentation event on May 18th. These events were attended by families of mentees, mentors, school administrators and teachers, and MAGIC staff.
The MAGIC program at Castilleja had four mentees in this session: Claire W., Ellie G., Isabelle C., and Julia C. These mentees are all in sixth grade. The four mentors are all located in the bay area and were able to be physically present at the event. The mentors were: Deepa Mohan, Falguni Jhaveri, Hema Hariharan, and Venmathi Gunasekaran.
The mentees presented about the projects that they worked on with their MAGIC mentors this session, spanning a diverse range of topics from a "Dungeons and Dragons"-inspired game, website creation, Python coding, machine learning, and wildfire data analysis. This session was jointly managed by Ann Greyson and Angelika Grossman from Castilleja and Ian Gulliver from MAGIC. The Castilleja presentation slides can be found here.
Three girls, two from sixth grade and the third from eighth grade, were MAGIC mentees at Menlo: Kaavya B., Lucinda S. and Amy W. Two of the mentors, Lakshmi KP and Smriti Pramanick, are remotely located, and conducted their mentoring using Google hangouts or Skype. The third mentor, Michelle Dion, is based in the bay area, and did both face to face and remote meetings with her mentee.
The mentee projects consisted of building a website to locate a lost dog, designing and building a magnetically levitating car, and an Arduino based laser tag game. This session was jointly managed by Nina Arnberg from Menlo and Ira Pramanick from MAGIC. The Menlo presentation slides can be found here.
On May 1st., MAGIC mentee Anna Y. presented her work at LEAP for Education in Salem, Massachusetts. Anna’s MAGIC mentor, Julia Harper, joined the presentation in person and introduced Anna to the audience made up of young girls who were presenting from the Girls Who Code organization. Kayla Dorst, Director of Programs and Innovation at LEAP for Education, hosted the event.
This mentoring session was coordinated by MAGIC Program Coordinator Kim Fujikawa. The slides from Anna's presentation can be viewed here.
Another MAGIC end-of-year presentation was held on May 9th. at the Deep Run High School, Virginia. This is a new partnership for MAGIC, and our very first pilot in Virginia!
School sponsor Ms. Lynn Norris, MAGIC board member Seema Shukla, and Deep Run Coordinator and MAGIC mentor Deepa Kalkunte attended the presentation in person. MAGIC founder Ira Pramanick and MAGIC mentor Sunanda Sridhar joined via Google hangout.
After a brief introduction to MAGIC and the benefits of this mentoring program to the students in Deep Run’s Girls of Center of Information Technology (GoCIT) club, mentees Mia L. and Allie Q. presented their MAGICal experiences and their projects:
Both mentees showed great commitment throughout the program, and were very grateful to have been given this opportunity. Their presentations slides can be viewed here.
A MAGIC session was kicked off this month at Ann Richards School in Austin, Texas. This is the second session of MAGIC at Ann Richards, which had a pilot session in the spring of 2017. This session will continue through summer of 2018, culminating with a final presentation in early September.
Two mentees from Ann Richards have been selected to participate in MAGIC for this session, one a sixth-grader and the other an eighth-grader. The sixth grader has been paired with a local mentor and the eighth grader is being mentored remotely by a professional in the San Francisco bay area.
Here's wishing the two mentor-mentee pairs a magical experience as they together explore STEM topics over the next five months!
One of our past MAGIC mentees, Ria S., co-authored the paper "Digital Health: Tracking Physiomes and Activity Using Wearable Biosensors Reveals Useful Health-Related Information", while working as an intern in the Bioinformatics Group in the Department of Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The paper was published on Jan. 12, 2018. The Stanford Medicine News Center also ran an article about it.
Bravo, Ria, we are all very proud of you!
The Menlo School held its MAGIC mentoring kickoff event for the spring session on January 19th. This is the second session following a very successful MAGIC pilot in the summer of 2017.
The spring MAGIC session at Menlo consists of three middle school mentees, two in the sixth grade and the third in the eighth grade. Two of the mentors are professionals in the bay area, and the third one is an undergraduate student of Computer Science at MIT, who will be remotely mentoring her sixth grade mentee.
MAGIC is being offered at Menlo School under the umbrella of Menlo's Bridge to Engineering, Science, Math and Technology (M-BEST) program, which has the goal of providing young women with various opportunities to explore their interests in STEM. M-BEST and MAGIC are delighted to be partnering with each other, and are thankful to the volunteer mentors who make these experiences possible for the mentees.
Here's wishing the Menlo mentee-mentors pair a wonderful journey as each pair explores the magic of STEM over the next five months!
MAGIC launched its spring session at Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA, on Wednesday, January 10, marking its fifth year of collaboration with Castilleja. Four sixth grade girls attended with their parents, and received personal letters of introduction from their new mentors, who span the range of software and hardware engineers to product managers at a variety of tech companies. The Castilleja session runs January through May, when the mentees will do a final presentation of their projects for their parents, peers, and school representatives.
Castilleja continues to be an outstanding partner, and we wish each of the new mentees a MAGICal year with their mentors!
MAGIC mentoring was kicked off for the second consecutive year at Eastside College Preparatory School in early November. Seven high school girls are participating as mentees in the program; five of these are juniors, and two are sophomores. Four out of the seven mentoring pairs will do face to face meetings since the mentors in question are local to the bay area, whereas the remaining three will participate in remote mentoring.
The third annual session (2010-2011) of MAGIC started at The Girls' Middle School (GMS) this month. Four spots were offered by MAGIC to the GMS girls; the four mentees consist of a sixth-grader, a seventh-grader and two eighth graders. Two of the mentors are located in the bay area, whereas the remaining two are located in the East Coast. Therefore, half of the GMS mentoring will happen remotely during this session.
Two of the GMS MAGIC mentees from the 2009-2010 MAGIC session demonstrated some of their MAGIC projects, along with their mentors, at the 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing held in Atlanta from Sept. 28 - Oct 2. The two mentor-mentee pairs, AnaSofia Wang and Pi-chuan Chang, and Julia Zaratan and Ritu Khare, presented "STEM Projects and Experiences: A MAGICal Perspective" in the GHC poster session.
The 2009-2010 session of MAGIC at Eastside College Preparatory School and at Keiller Leadership Academy concluded with each of the mentees having completed some project or projects in STEM with their mentors. The projects ranged from finding out what tools and resources it takes to make a website to how X-Rays work, in addition to finding out about various branches of engineering. For the Eastside mentees, one of the high points of their mentoring was a day trip to IBM Research Center in San Jose, where they met with several leading scientists of IBM and got demonstrations of leading edge technology that these researchers are currently working on. One of the mentees wants to participate in another year of MAGIC mentoring.
The 2009-2010 session of MAGIC at The Girls' Middle School (GMS) concluded this month. Each of the five MAGIC mentees at GMS gave a short presentation, followed by a demo, of one or more of the projects they worked on with their mentors as part of their MAGIC mentoring sessions. A non-GMS mentee (who was part of the 2nd year of MAGIC mentoring, but not through a school), also presented her work at this event. The presentations included topics such as programs in Scratch and Alice, making a web page including details of CSS and Flash programming, programs in LEGO, Android programming, Python programming, investigative reports on the Mars rover, how gears work and other engineering topics. Each mentee did a great job of presenting her work!
The audience for this GMS MAGIC event consisted of present and past GMS MAGIC mentees, MAGIC mentors, parents of MAGIC mentees, and school officials including the GMS Head of school, Assistant Head, and the Dean of students.
MAGIC mentoring for the 2009-2010 sessions at Keiller and Eastside are going to continue through summer.
Three members of the MAGIC team — Ira Pramanick, Margot Miller and Pichuan Chang — were interviewed by Suzanne Barnett for the March 2010 edition of "Community Balance" broadcast on local Bay Area TV Channel KMVT 15. This show was cablecast on Comcast and ATT Uverse at 7:30 pm every Thursday in Cupertino, Los Altos, and Mountain View, CA. This interview was aired on every Thursday of March 2010.
Archives of this program can be found in four parts:
Three high school girls from Eastside College Preparatory School started in the MAGIC program in the latter half of February. One of the mentees is a senior, and the remaining two are sophomores at Eastside. Eastside is the first school where MAGIC is being offered to high school students. The other two MAGIC partner schools, GMS and Keiller, are both middle schools, whereas Eastside has both a middle school and a high school. Two other high schoolers have participated in MAGIC — one in the 2008-2009 session and the second one in the current session (2009-2010) — and these two mentee participation programs have been established through direct contact with the mentees vs through their schools.
MAGIC has been working for the past few months to expand its mentoring to a second school. The MAGIC program kicked off to a great start at this second school, with the first mentor-mentee pair meeting over the phone during the first week of December. The school is the Keiller Leadership Academy in San Diego. During this session, MAGIC mentoring is being offered to three mentees. The mentoring will run through most of the school year, ending in May 2010. The MAGIC program at Keiller is notable in that each of the mentors is going to be remote. Weekly mentoring will take place through a combination of phone calls, video chats, sharing of online docs, and emails. Some of the MAGIC mentoring at GMS has also been remote, this year and last. Remote mentoring presents many learning opportunities not only to the MAGIC core team, but also to both the mentors and the mentees.
Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation has become our first corporate sponsor. We look forward to having more sponsors in the future.
Four middle-schoolers (Cassiel Moroney, Holly Nguyen, Julia Goldman and Smriti Pramanick), a MAGIC mentor (Anjalee Sujanani) and a MAGIC core team member (Foz Saeed) participated as panelists in the MAGIC panel held on October 1st at the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The young girls were from The Girls' Middle School (GMS) in Mountain View, CA, and represented the MAGIC mentees from the first MAGIC pilot, held at GMS. The panel was coordinated by Ira Pramanick, founder of MAGIC and a MAGIC core team member.
The panel was a great success, initiating exciting questions and comments from the large audience. Several potential partnership opportunities surfaced from panel follow-on discussions, and MAGIC is looking forward to these future collaborations.
Needless to say, the girls were the youngest (and possibly most sought after) attendees and were encouraged with several giveaways from different booths.
The second MAGIC session is off to a good start at The Girls' Middle School. MAGIC mentoring is being offered to five mentees this year at GMS, these mentees being from the sixth and seventh grades. MAGIC is also going to partner with two other schools in the next few months in San Diego and in the Bay Area respectively. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding these partnerships.
Third year in a row, work on MAGIC is going to be presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). This year, the format is a panel, and the topic is "MAGICal Learnings from 1-1 Mentoring of Middle School Girls". As the name suggests, the panel is about findings and experiences from the first MAGIC pilot, from the perspectives of the MAGIC team, the mentors and mentees. This pilot was conducted at The Girls' Middle School. The panelists will include representatives of all three, and we hope to have some teachers and parents in the audience! This panel is scheduled in Session One (10:00am-11:00am) on October 1st. It is a Steering Committee Recommendation Track panel! A summary report on the GMS-MAGIC pilot is available here.
MAGIC's first pilot, with the Girls' Middle School, concluded at the end of May 2009. At the final MAGIC meeting of the school year, conducted at the school, each of the mentees gave a 5-10 minute presentation and/or demonstration of the work they had done with their mentors during the pilot. This included projects, reports and computer programs. The audience consisted of parents, mentors and teachers. A pilot report will be posted on this site by the end of September 2009.
MAGIC has been featured in the December 2008 IEEE Spectrum article "The EE Gender Gap Is Widening". In this article, Erico Guizzo discusses the underwhelming participation of women in electrical engineering. He then goes on to talk about various efforts under way to address this issue, directly or indirectly. MAGIC is mentioned as one of two programs aiming to establish a "direct and durable connection between young women and EE professionals."
MAGIC has been incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in the State of California. The name of the corporation is GetMagic Corporation. The entire NPO related process is being done by WSGR, a leading technology law firm based in Palo Alto, California, on a pro-bono basis. The MAGIC team is deeply indebted to these wonderful folks at WSGR for this service, and for their guidance and help in related matters!
The MAGIC core team is conducting a "Birds Of a Feather" (BOF) session on "Setting Up an Effective Organization to Support Girls" at the 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This BOF will be held on Friday, October 3rd., from 5:10pm to 6:10pm, in Torrey's Peak III. Here are the BOF slides.
MAGIC kicked off its pilot with the Girls' Middle School in October 2008. The pilot has ten mentees from sixth, seventh and eighth grades, and each mentee has been paired with a MAGIC mentor. The pilot will last through the end of the school year. MAGIC is looking forward to defining and refining its processes as a consequence of this pilot!
The Newsweek article Revenge of the Nerdette from the June 16th., 2008 issue, cites two outreach programs aimed at encouraging girls to think about science and technology careers. MAGIC is one of them!
In the fall of 2008, MAGIC is going to partner with the Girls' Middle School of Mountain View, California, to conduct a pilot of the MAGIC program. More information about the Girls' Middle School can be found here. You can read all about the MAGIC pilot proposal here.
For the second year in a row, a "Birds Of a Feather" (BOF) proposal on a MAGICal topic has been accepted at the Grace Hopper Conference. The topic of the BOF is "Setting Up an Effective Organization to Support Girls". This BOF will be held on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:10pm for an hour.
Following the project kickoff, MAGIC is undertaking the steps necessary to establish itself as a non-profit organization.
The MAGIC project was kicked off on October 18th., 2007, at the 2007 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing Conference, which was held at Orlando, Florida.