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.

The highlight of the 2019 WinterSession was the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) track held in the Foisie Innovation Studio, and featured workshops on topics such as design thinking, market research, entrepreneurial mindset, industry analysis, improv, negotiation, and pitch development. Teams also participated in a design challenge where they learned and applied these skills to a real-world problem.

If I&E isn’t your thing, you may also take classes in ballroom dancing, knitting, photography, pottery, or glassblowing; learn karate and self-defense; spend a day identifying your strengths; or prepare for your SCRUM certification with a 2-day agility and SCRUM workshop.

If none of these topics are up your alley, let us know what else you’d like to learn or teach. A Call for Proposals is currently open.

Registration for the next WinterSession will begin on Friday, November 1st, 2019. We’ll see you back on campus in 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.

 

 

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Students gather around a table to sculpt projects out of clay during last year's WinterSession.
Students participate in a sculpting class during last year's WinterSession.

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Students work together on an entrepreneurship project with several handmade posters hung up behind them.
Classes in topics such as leadership and entrepreneurship were offered to students in the days leading up to C-Term.

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Two students sit behind computers while a professor stands next to a projection screen and gestures toward it.
WinterSession gave students the chance to pursue passions in areas like digital design before classes began in the new year.

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A student participates in a glassblowing class.
Glassblowing was one of many classes offered during last year's WinterSession, and will be offered this year, as well.