GMS MAGIC Mentee Application Form for 2016-17 School Year
GMS is proud to be entering enter its 9th year of partnership with the MAGIC (More Active Girls in Computing) program. Students in all three grades are eligible, and applications are due to be turned in by the end of the school day Monday, September 19, 2016. The vision of the MAGIC program is to be a world-class resource for guiding and assisting young women who are considering studying Computer Science or another STEM discipline. Once selected, students are paired with a female mentor who works in a technological field, and together the mentor-mentee pair develops a plan for exploring technological topics of interest to the student. Student applications are evaluated on the basis of the availability of a suitable mentor to support your daughter's particular interests (so unfortunately, not all applicants can be paired with a mentor.) Past MAGIC mentees have participated in a wide range of computer science projects including creating websites using CSS, building automatons and other robotics projects, programming using Alice, Scratch, Python, Java and C++, as well as pursuing interests in diverse fields such as oceanography, architecture, astronomy, aeronautics and biomedicine. Applications do require a parent's (electronic) signature. You can learn more by visiting the MAGIC website at http://getmagic.org/index.html or by contacting Tricia Kellison, GMS Computer Science Department Chair, at tkellison@girlsms.org.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What will MAGIC do for me?
If selected, MAGIC will provide you with a mentor who will help you explore your interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Your mentor will provide you access to information about the STEM world, help you in planning for learning opportunities, etc. You will write learning objectives in advance. You and your mentor will talk through how you can reach your goals, using real-world examples from the mentor's experience. You can expect your understanding and goals to evolve over the course of these conversations.

2. How long is the mentorship?
The relationship will be active through October 2015 through May 2016.

3. How much time do I need to spend on this? Will I need to spend any money?
You will meet with your mentor for an hour each week. You should budget another one or two hours during the week to work on your MAGIC project. Please be sure that you have approximately three hours available each week to pursue your MAGIC interests. You will not pay MAGIC for the mentorship.

4. What are my responsibilities during this mentorship?
To get the most out of this relationship you need to be in the driving seat and prepare for the meetings. Your responsibilities include the following: knowing your personal objectives, outlining the areas in which you need support, preparing for the meetings with your mentor, setting the meeting agenda, making it to the meeting on time, acting on the agreed-upon action items using the three hours each week that you have committed.

5. What will be my mentor’s responsibilities during this mentorship?
The mentor will point you to resources relevant to your objectives and help you plan for your future.

6. What will my mentor and I talk about?
You will take the lead in setting up the agenda. The topics will be aligned to your objectives. Your mentor will be able to help you design an agenda that suits your needs.

7. Is any topic off-limits? Are there any issues that I should not talk about?
We prefer that you focus on your interests/questions in STEM and related areas.

8. Is there a test at the end or will I have to write a paper?
No, there will be not be a test or a written paper. You will be asked to do a short (about five to seven minutes long) presentation to an assembled group of MAGIC parents in May, and to display your work to other GMS students during one scheduled "Office Hours," to tell others about your work.

9. How much do my parents need to know?
MAGIC will get your parent's consent prior to commencing the mentoring relationship. It would be great if you could give your parents periodic reports. Please note that MAGIC will not talk to your parents directly during the mentoring time without telling you.

10. Is there anything else I need to know about MAGIC?
- MAGIC is entirely non-profit. We are here to help you prepare for a great future in STEM.
- Your mentor will be selected according to your objectives and needs.
- The return from this relationship will be equal to the time and effort you put into it.
- If you face any issues which cannot be discussed with the mentor, please contact Tricia Kellison (tkellison@girlsms.org), the MAGIC contact person at GMS.


If you are still interested after reading the information above, then please take a moment to answer the following questions thoughtfully.

Deadline for submitting application form: September 19th, 2016

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