WinterSession

Sunday, January 12, 2020 to Tuesday, January 14, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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.

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 18th, 2019. We’ll see you back on campus January 12th - 14th, 2020!

https://www.wpi.edu/+wintersession

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Events

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Knitting (Maker & Art)

    Facilitated by Chelsea Dill

    You’re a broke college student currently freezing due to the horrendous Worcester winters. But wait, we can help! Learn how to knit your own scarf to stay warm this season.  You will learn how to cast on, basic stitches (knit and purl, stockinette, garter, seed), and knitting techniques.  Further, you will learn how people in different countries people hold the needles and wrap the yarn in different styles.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    9:00am to 12:00pm

    Goat Tank Challenge: Inspiring Diverse Teams to Innovate (I&E)

    Facilitated by Curtis Abel, Donna Levin, Shams Bhada, Kimberly LeChassuer, Paula Quinn, Leslie Dodson

    Goat Tank is WPI’s ultimate challenge of creativity and innovation to make the world a better place.  Over B-Term, each team has been passionately working on developing their value proposition, ask, and pitch by participating in experiential workshops and meeting with mentors.  Watch the teams pitch their projects to the judges and negotiate an “ask” with the judges for funding, resources, mentorship, etc.  These students are showcasing just how important entrepreneurial mindset and innovation really are. Get inspiration for your WinterSession workshops by watching this challenge.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    9:00am to 12:00pm

    Robotics Challenge (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Kushal Gandhi, Razan Andigani, and Others

    Targeted at beginners, you immerse yourself in robotics engineering and discover the science and technology behind robot design, build, and operations. You will learn electronics, mechanical assembly, finishing of 3D printed parts, electronics assembly, Arduino ESP32 programming, microcontroller Wifi connection, control and sensing.  Each team will build and test its own creation.  At the end of these sessions, the robots meet for an end-of-session tournament to compete in a challenge. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    9:00am to 10:45am

    Video Production for Dummies (Maker & Art)

    Facilitated by Michael Kozlowski

    Targeted at beginners, you immerse yourself in robotics engineering and discover the science and technology behind robot design, build, and operations. You will learn electronics, mechanical assembly, finishing of 3D printed parts, electronics assembly, Arduino ESP32 programming, microcontroller Wifi connection, control and sensing.  Each team will build and test its own creation.  At the end of these sessions, the robots meet for an end-of-session tournament to compete in a challenge.  

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    9:00am to 10:45am

    Painting: Bring Some Color Back to C-Term (Maker & Art)

    Facilitated by Rachel Schiebel, Marisol Sanchez 

    The colors within us, practice and play.  Learn a basic painting technique and practice. If you already paint, then take this time to practice, play and relax.  No previous experience required.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    9:00am to 6:00pm

    Mission Quest (I&E) $15

    Faciliated by Connie Aramento and Curtis Abel

    Immerse yourself in a 3-day journey to discover and design your mission so you can align you career choices with it.  Engage in activities that translate their strengths, values and passions into real-world experiences and projects.  You will network with and pitch their mission-focused projects to companies/alumni for feedback and visit companies to learn about company culture, types of work, and problems that the participating companies solve.​

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel: Thrown, Altered, and Decorated (Maker & Art) $15

    Facilitated by The Worcester Craft Center

    Get your hands dirty in this fun and sometimes messy workshop as you learn the basic skills involved with working on the potter’s wheel, as well as hand-building with clay. With help from the instructor you will make simple forms on the wheel, altering and manipulating the clay. These “first tries” on the wheel will be combined with hand-built elements to make pots or sculpture of your design, that once formed will be decorated with stamps and under-glazes. Works will remain with the studio for drying and firing, receiving a coat of clear glaze and final firing, before being available for pick up by the students in approximately two weeks’ time.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Ballroom Dancing: Dance with Confidence at Social Events (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Benjamin Secino

    When was the last time you danced?  We will offer a Ballroom Dancing session for one hour every day of WinterSession. Each class will teach a different style of dance (Swing, Waltz, Rumba) with no previous dance experience required nor expected, just comfortable clothing and socks or shoes. Swing into the classes solo or with a partner and have fun dancing.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Psychology of Body Language (I&E)

    Facilitated by Tom Balistrieri

    You will learn the basics of reading body language and facial expressions and how we can use these skills to improve our interpersonal communications.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    In-Door Drone Racing (Food & Fun) - (Introduction and Practice Session using Drone Simulator Software)

    Facilitated by Mitra Anand

    Learn the principles of and fly drones in an indoor obstacle course environment.  Quadcopter dynamics are introduced and participants practice their skills in an indoor arena, culminating in an exciting one-on-one knockout competition.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    A Business Idea? Huh, Where Does That Come From? (I&E)

    Facilitated by Joe Doiron and Curtis Abel

    Engage in fun activities to learn how to find and begin developing a business idea.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    Tools for Evaluating Major Life Decisions (I&E)

    Facilitated by Vinny Sabo and Tyler Stone

    When you decided to go to college, how did you decide on WPI? The major factors in your decision may have been the professors, curriculum, sports, location, size, or admission, for example. How did you weigh those factors against other schools? When was the moment that you said "WPI is right for me?" Many of us cannot recall. This decision, like many others in life, can have a permanent impact on your career, friend groups, and interests. However, research shows that  critical life decisions are often made without any quantitative comparison or evaluation: these decisions arise after long internal deliberation and often with external influences. In this class, Vinny and Tyler will explore the concept of structured decision-making, discussing several frameworks for evaluating major life choices to eliminate bias from decisions and place greater conscious control in you, the decision-maker. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    Self Defense (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Koksal Mus

    This workshop is a safe, fun and exciting experience that combines self-defense education, tips on incident avoidance and  how to defend yourself as well as hands-on practice in simulated common street attacks.  You will practice easy methods that can rapidly disable an attacker and give yourself the opportunity to escape.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Impress Your Date by Making Sushi (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Soul Bounnaphol

    Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make different types of sushi, the ingredients needed, and how to cook the perfect sushi rice for your date.  Happiness follows!

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    9:00am to 10:45am

    No More Shitty Team Meetings (I&E)

    Facilitated by Marc Trudeau and Paula Quinn

    We’ve all been there. We dread our weekly project team or staff meeting; the endless, aimless chatter; lots a time on detail and never time for important stuff; can’t we get to meaningful action?  Can we ever make an Impact?  Yes you can! In just two hours with guidance from Marc and Paula from WPI’s High-Performing Teams Network, you will experience first-hand a highly-constructive and productive team meeting, and leave with tools to reliably replicate the experience; every time, every team!

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    9:00am to 12:00pm

    Robotics Challenge (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Kushal Gandhi, Razan Andigani, and Others

    Targeted at beginners, you immerse yourself in robotics engineering and discover the science and technology behind robot design, build, and operations. You will learn electronics, mechanical assembly, finishing of 3D printed parts, electronics assembly, Arduino ESP32 programming, microcontroller Wifi connection, control and sensing.  Each team will build and test its own creation.  At the end of these sessions, the robots meet for an end-of-session tournament to compete in a challenge. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    9:00am to 10:45am

    Personal Finance Part 1: Street Smarts Goes a Long Way (I&E)

    Facilitated by Rob Sarnie

    The workshop will cover a little of a lot. Part 1 will cover retirement planning, savings, time value of money, credit cards, debt, taxes, Income, budgeting/planning and more.  The “more” is career planning, personal branding, understanding your life priorities, family priorities, and how and why you view spending and saving. Always remember. Personal Finance is personal to you.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    9:00am to 10:45am

    Settling Mars: Dream and Think Big (I&E)

    Facilitated by Joe Doiron and Curtis Abel

    Think bigger than Elon Musk!  Imagine the future on Mars.  What will civilization look like?  What language will be spoken?  How will the socioeconomic and political order emerge?  Do earth laws apply to Mars colonists?  How will disputes be settled? What will be the education system be?  Teams will develop and prototype their vision of Settling Mars.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    9:00am to 6:00pm

    Mission Quest (I&E) $15

    Facilitated by Connie Aramento and Curtis Abel

    Immerse yourself in a 3-day journey to discover and design your mission so you can align you career choices with it.  Engage in activities that translate their strengths, values and passions into real-world experiences and projects.  You will network with and pitch their mission-focused projects to companies/alumni for feedback and visit companies to learn about company culture, types of work, and problems that the participating companies solve.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Personal Finance Part 2: Street Smarts Goes a Long Way (I&E)

    Facilitated by Rob Sarnie

    The workshop will cover a little of a lot. Part 2 will cover investing, stocks, bonds, CDs, insurance (All kinds), buying a house and car, Index funds, Mutual Funds/ETFs and more. The “more” is career planning, personal branding, understanding your life priorities, family priorities, and how and why you view spending and saving. Always remember. Personal Finance is personal to you.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    How to Bring Your Pitches to Life and Inspire Others (I&E)

    Facilitated by Kristie DeJesus and Curtis Abel 

    Make other people excited about your project.  This session will teach you how to create a pitch that will engage your audience and make them excited about your idea. Arguably the most important skill for successful entrepreneurs is being able to frame your thoughts and ideas in ways that inspire and engage other people.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Ballroom Dancing: Dance with Confidence at Social Events (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Benjamin Secino

    When was the last time you danced?  We will offer a Ballroom Dancing session for one hour every day of WinterSession. Each class will teach a different style of dance (Swing, Waltz, Rumba) with no previous dance experience required nor expected, just comfortable clothing and socks or shoes. Swing into the classes solo or with a partner and have fun dancing.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    UnConference: Pressing Global Problems (I&E)

    Facilitated by Marc Trudeau, Paula Quinn, and Curtis Abel

    We need YOU to elevate our world!  Attendees will experience an "Unconference" to discuss the pressing problems of the world related to the newly announced 2020 MIT Solve Global Challenges.  After the announcement of the challenges,   breakouts topics will be determined by the participants.  Then, you will spend the remainder of the session discussing challenges most dear to you.  The goal is to organically form community collaborations around topics that you care most about and to inspire participation in a follow-up Solve-a-thon Challenge shortly after WinterSession.  MIT Solve is a hybrid business incubator and idea marketplace that connects innovators with resources such expertise, human capital, technology, and funding to solve problems that matter.  In 2019, thirty-two tech teams won more than $1.5 Million in funding to scale social impact work globally.  Last year’s categories were: (1) Circular Economy, (2) Community-Driven Innovation, (3) Early Childhood Development, and (4) Healthy Cities.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    12:00pm to 4:00pm

    In-Door Drone Racing (Food & Fun) - (Main Event: One-on-One Knockout Competition)

    Facilitated by Mitra Anand

    Learn the principles of and fly drones in an indoor obstacle course environment.  Quadcopter dynamics are introduced and participants practice their skills in an indoor arena, culminating in an exciting one-on-one knockout competition. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    France: The Land of Food, Wine, and Love (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Chelsea Dill

    This workshop will introduce students to the culture of France, including the French language. We will learn easy phrases, the alphabet, pronunciation, and grammar basics. You will learn about French culture, including holidays, traditional food, as well as highlighting noteworthy cultural icons, including art (Louvre treasures, Impressionism, etc.), an overview of the Francophone world, and a brief discussion on Paris.  I will provide many resources that are free and online. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Escape Room Experience: Test Out Your Team Skills in a Fun Environment (Food & Fun) $15

    Facilitated by Escape Games Worcester

    Take an adventure to test out your team skills with an Escape Room, story-based experience.  You and your team will need to work together to solve the mystery and escape the room.  Team dynamics debrief on ah-ah moments follow!

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    Cheese Tasting, Enough Said! (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by North Main Provisions

    A foray into the world of cheeses, both foreign and domestic. A tutorial on the process, ingredient, and science of cheeses. We will learn about the flavor profiles and pairing possibilities of a variety of products. Arrive hungry!

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    Design Thinking (I&E)

    Facilitated by WPI Enactus

    Coming up with an idea is easy. Coming up with the right one takes work.  You will immerse yourself in a fast-paced, hands-on activity and apply a creative human-centered design approach to solve a real problem that starts with people and ends with an innovative solution that creates sustainable value to an unmet need in the market.   Key to this approach is developing empathy for people, having a bias towards action, and engaging in a culture of iteration, rapid prototyping, and testing for feedback.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    9:00am to 12:00pm

    Robotics Challenge (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by Kushal Gandhi, Razan Andigani, and Others

    Targeted at beginners, you immerse yourself in robotics engineering and discover the science and technology behind robot design, build, and operations. You will learn electronics, mechanical assembly, finishing of 3D printed parts, electronics assembly, Arduino ESP32 programming, microcontroller Wifi connection, control and sensing.  Each team will build and test its own creation.  At the end of these sessions, the robots meet for an end-of-session tournament to compete in a challenge. 

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    9:00am to 6:00pm

    Mission Quest (I&E) $15

    Facilitated by Connie Aramento and Curtis Abel

    Immerse yourself in a 3-day journey to discover and design your mission so you can align you career choices with it.  Engage in activities that translate their strengths, values and passions into real-world experiences and projects.  You will network with and pitch their mission-focused projects to companies/alumni for feedback and visit companies to learn about company culture, types of work, and problems that the participating companies solve.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    10:45am to 12:00pm

    Juggling: The Best Party Trick (Food & Fun)

    Facilitated by James Casella

    Participates will learn the basics of juggling 3 balls. The goal for the workshop will be to have each participant leave with the ability to practice confidently on their own and pursue juggling independently. I would like to provide a set of three balls for each participant, there should be a slight variety in size to accommodate different hands, but tennis balls are a reliable size. In the workshop I plan to include a small segment about projectile motion kinematics as with practice a juggler can easily predict projectile arcs and it would be interesting to teach some of the math behind the motion of the balls.

    To register for this event, please click on the registration link at the bottom of the WinterSession 2020 page.

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