MAGIC News from 2015

October - November 2015: MAGIC Kicks off Its Eighth Year!

MAGIC entered its eighth year of mentoring, kicking off mentoring sessions for more than thirty mentor-mentee pairs over the months of October and November. The mentees are located in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and the mentors are located all over the US, including in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. About half the mentees are from the following partner schools/centers, and the remaining mentees directly applied to MAGIC through our website.

About a third of the mentees are high schoolers, with the remaining two-thirds being from middle school. More than half the mentees are in different locations from their mentors, and are being mentored remotely. This marks the first year in MAGIC mentoring where the number of remote mentoring has exceeded the number of face to face mentoring in a given session!

In this session, another of MAGIC's former mentees joins MAGIC as a mentor! Smriti Pramanick, a mentee from MAGIC's pilot session in 2008, and now a sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joins Becky Bauer (a senior at Duke) and Hosanna Fuller (a senior at Barnard) as MAGIC mentees who have come full circle to become MAGIC mentors.

May-June 2015: MAGIC 2014-15 (Fall-Spring) Sessions Conclude

The 2014-15 MAGIC sessions at each of MAGIC's partner schools/centers concluded with the mentees presenting their experiences and demo'ing their projects. The audience consisted of other mentees, mentors, school/center administrators and teachers, families of mentees, MAGIC coordinators and members of the MAGIC board. These schools/centers include:

Additionally, ten mentees from outside of these partner schools, who were accepted into the MAGIC program this year, also participated in a final presentation event held at the Google Mountain View campus. Each mentee presented highlights of her mentoring experience, and a demonstration of her project.

A huge congratulations to all the mentees and mentors for a very productive year!

May 2015: MAGIC Mentees Attend Google I/O 2015

MAGIC was invited second year in a row by Google Inc. to send its mentees to participate in Google I/O on May 29th, 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. These mentees participated in the Youth Session of Google I/O, where they had first hand experience with leading edge Google technology, participated in middle-school oriented technical activities, listed to a presentation by a senior Google executive, and of course, got some Google schwag!

Each MAGIC mentee who attended Google I/O 2015 had a blast. One of them wrote this essay about her day there!

February 2015: MAGIC Mentees Come Full Circle to Become MAGIC Mentors

The two most senior MAGIC mentees, Becky Bauer and Hosanna Fuller, who are currently juniors pursuing Computer Science degrees in college, have now become MAGIC mentors! They will start mentoring right away, as mentors for the Spring 2015 session.

January 2015: MAGIC kicks off at YULA

MAGIC kicked off its third year at the Yeshiva Girls High School in Los Angeles, CA. Three mentees have been matched with remote mentors, located in the San Francisco bay area, New Orleans and Port Hueneme. One of the three mentees is a returning mentee.