WinterSession will take place on January 12th - 14th, 2020.

​Inspired by Intersession, WinterSession gives WPI students, alumni, faculty, and staff the chance to participate in classes, workshops, and sessions on a variety of topics outside the classroom.

Years ago, WPI students had the opportunity to participate in Intersession, a week of rapid-fire classes, workshops, and sessions on myriad topics. Now, with the help of WPI Launchpad and the KEEN grant, that program has been reinvented as the student-led WinterSession.

Held on campus in the few days before C-Term begins, WinterSession is a 3-day series of workshops and events that give students, alumni, faculty, and staff the chance to explore new topics, develop (or perfect) their skills, and foster new connections in a variety of environments, all through a non-hierarchical teaching style.

WinterSession at WPI January 12-14, 2020

This year’s workshop lineup has four tracks, three of which can be customized: Fun and Food, Arts and Making, and Innovation & and Entrepreneurship. A fourth track, called Mission Quest, is a 3-day journey to help participants discover and design their mission so it aligns with their career choices.

Registration for the next WinterSession will begin on Monday, November 18, 2019. We’ll see you back on campus January 12th - 14th, 2020!



Appealing to Students’ Entrepreneurial Sides

In anticipation of last year’s WinterSession, the Daily Herd sat down with Vinny Sabo of Launchpad and Debra Boucher, director of special academic programs at WPI. Check out the article to see why they believe WinterSession is “an energizing experience for the whole campus.” 

Channel Your Inner Everything

Whether you're interested in trying your hand (or in this case, foot) at ballroom dancing, feel just as passionate about quality handmade knitwear as you do protesting and politics, or want to learn the fundamentals of leadership from those who know them best—members of WPI ROTC—there's a workshop for you at the WinterSession. Check out last year's Daily Herd article for more.




Student painting a picture displayed on a smartphone
Summon your inner Pollock, Picasso, or Parrish—you’ll never know the skills you’ve got until that paintbrush is in hand. WinterSession’s many workshops let you see where your creativity can take you.


Students using pottery wheels
Remember how much fun you used to have playing? WinterSession gives you the freedom to try something new – just for the fun of it.


Student working on a project with small tools
If fun is comfort food for your brain, WinterSession is your menu. Try something new in one of the many workshops and recharge those neurons.


Student learning to knit from a staff member
What’s better than a January day spent learning to knit with cozy yarns, relaxed people, and a few ah-ha moments? WinterSession lets students, faculty, and staff find a new passion or just try something they’ve never done before.


Student working with smelting tools
Shake off the post-holiday slog, fire up your brain’s setting, and get to know fellow knowledge seekers with courses during WinterSession’s workshops.


Students participating in a class discussion with faculty
Curious about learning new skills? Want to find a new hobby? Looking forward to meeting new people from WPI? WinterSession lets you rediscover learning purely for the fun of it.