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​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 WinterSession.

Held on campus in January, WinterSession is a 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.

Join our reimagined 2022 Wintersession workshops on January 22 & 23, 2022. 

You may also wish to participate in the biannual I&E Innovation Challenge. Find new ways to use technology and creative ideas to encourage social justice. Learn more about the Innovation Challenge

See the full schedule and find out how to register. We’ll see you back on campus in the New Year!

Intersession participants 1980s

The History Behind WinterSession

The name has changed from its 1980s moniker "Intersession" to today's "WinterSession," but the idea is the same. Spending time learning just for the fun of it and exploring new activities refreshes the brain. For decades, this busy time before C-Term has been beloved by many WPI students. 

WinterSession

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.
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Ballroom dancing
Ballroom Dancing workshop
Prototyping
Makerspace Workshop
Self-defense
Self-Defense Workshop

Do you have questions about Wintersession? 

Email us at ie@wpi.edu