About Me

My name is Shivani Parmar, and I am a high school senior at Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI. I am from Hadley, MA in Western MA. Click around my website to learn more about me!

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Senior Year Courses at WPI

Introduction to Engineering

ES 1020

Writing About Science and Technology

WR 1011

Calculus I

MA 1021

Data Science I: Introduction to Data Science

DS 1010

Science And Scientists In Modern Literature

EN 2252

Calculus II

MA 1022

Chemical Properties, Bonding, And Forces

CH 1010

Introductory Microeconomics

ECON 1110

Calculus III

MA 1023

Introduction to Computer Aided Design

ES 1310

Engineering Innovation And Entrepreneurship

ETR 1100

Calculus IV

MA 1024

Junior Year Courses

Math Modeling

Math Modeling is taught by Mrs. Burns. The class is not grouped into specific topics like traditional math classes. There is a heavy focus on various problem-solving strategies, communicating our process, and presenting.

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Computer Science

Computer Science is taught by Mrs. Taricco. The year started with Web Design and learning HTML and CSS to create personal websites. Then, we shifted our focus to the Java programming language and its many topics.

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Physics is taught by Mrs. Chase. The curriculum is aligned with AP Physics I, AP Physics C: Mechanics and Electricity, and Magnetism exams. There is an option to focus on algebra or calculus. We learn many theoretical concepts that are applied to complete problems.

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STEM is taught by Dr. Crowthers. The year begins STEM I, a five-month individual research problem with scientific-technical writing. The process includes reading scientific literature, talking to professionals, and gaining exposure to scientific methods. STEM II was a three-month-long group project regarding assistive technology. It included client communication, the engineering design process, and collaboration.

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Humanities is taught by Ms. Small. The class integrates English and History courses, with a focus on, "what does it mean to be human?" Rather than having lectures, the class is discussion based, which encourages us to hear others' ideas and form our own opinions.

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Advanced French

French is taught by Ms. Wildfong. I learned French for 4 years before transferring to Mass Academy, so I was placed in the advanced class. The class is taught in an immersion style through Francophone media and culture. We are required to only speak French during class, meaning we get a lot of practice.

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My Activities



I have been a student pilot since I was 11 at Northampton Airport (7B2) in Northampton, MA. I discovered my passion for flying at a young age through my grandfather, as he got his Light sport private pilot license. I routinely fly a Cessna 162 Skycatcher. I received my student pilot license when I turned 16 and had my solo flight in October 2022. Flying has taught me a lot about focus and discipline. Click to see some videos!



I have been an Indian Classical Dancer since I was 6 years old. Bharatnatyam is one of the many major classical dance styles in India. I had my arangetram, solo dance debut, in July 2022. My teacher was Smt. Urvi Pathak who has her studio in Farmington, CT, and her dance company is Satvikam Shivam. Bharatnatyam taught me stamina and passion, all of which I learned to develop as I progressed. Click to see some images!



I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old. I have been taking lessons with Monica Robelotto in Amherst, MA. It is very fun to explore different music styles and learn differently techniques.


Community Service

I have been an active member of my local and global community for several year. My community service experiences include the Hadley Food Pantry, Akshaya Patra, Project 351, and the Northampton Survival Center. My focus for my community service has been food insecurity in low-income populations. Click to learn more about my community service.



During the Covid-19 pandemic, I became very interested in fitness. I got into running and have run two half-marathons. I also, enjoy strength training and trying different exercise methods.


Other Interests

Ever since I was little, have always loved painting my nails. Over time, I gained interest in Holo Taco, a special effects nail-polish company created by a famous creator, Simply Nailogical. in my free time, I also enjoy watching movies, reading, and listening to music.