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WinterSession 2022 Workshops

Saturday, January 22, 2022 to Sunday, January 23, 2022
10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Explore your hidden talents or just join a workshop to hone your skills. Wintersession workshops are intended to introduce you to new ideas or expand your interest. Sign up for any of the workshops that may interest your inquisitive mind! Workshops are open to the WPI community. Workshops will be held in the Innovation Studio classrooms. Confirmation email will be sent after registration. 



1. Impress Your Date by Making Sushi  

(Morgan Hall- Spoon)
Soul Bounnaphol
Saturday, Jan 22, 10:00-11:30 AM
Saturday, Jan 22, 2:00-3:30 PM

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make sushi. This class touches base on the basic of sushi making which includes a brief discussion about the methods, the ingredients, the tools, and different techniques. The rest of our time we will be hand-on rolling the perfect sushi. Happiness follows!

Register here  (This workshop is full)


2.  Psychology of Body Language 
Tom Balistrieri
Saturday, Jan 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sunday, Jan 23, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

We are constantly reading the body language and facial expressions of those around us. And, we are constantly expressing our thoughts and emotions to others in the same non-verbal manner. How we communicate behaviorally is as important, and in some instances more important, than the words we say. Becoming aware of our own non-verbal behaviors and understanding how we read and ‘judge’ the non-verbal behaviors of others is an important skill to learn. I think you will enjoy the hour we have together in this workshop.

Register here


3.  In-Door FPV Drone Racing 
Dylan Turetsky
Saturday, Jan 22, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM (Introduction and Practice Session using Drone Simulator Software)
Sunday, Jan 23, 2:00 PM -5:00 PM (Main Event:  One-on-One Knockout Competition)

Learn the principles of and fly drones in an indoor obstacle course environment. Quadcopter dynamics are introduced, and participants practice their skills using a simulator on Day1, then in an indoor arena on Day 2, culminating in an exciting one-on-one knockout competition.

Register here (This workshop is full)


4.  Become a Citizen Scientist: From Tagging Penguins to Exploring the Universe
Paige Neumann
Saturday, Jan 22, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Saturday, Jan 22, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Have you ever wanted to...Tag penguins? Explore the secret life of wildebeests? Discover the work of early women astronomers? Learn how to become involved in citizen and community science projects. We'll begin with an overview of what citizen science is and then explore different platforms for finding projects you can participate in, both online and in person. Then, we'll take a deep dive into Zooniverse, a free online platform for crowdsourced scientific research. Participants can choose from projects ranging from identifying species of animals to transcribing historical letters to hunting for solar jets and more!

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5.  Self Defense 
Koksal Mus
Sunday, Jan 23, 1:00-2:00 PM
Sunday, Jan 23, 2:30-3:30 PM

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.

Register here


6.  Welcome to the Makerspace- Make your own Edge-Lit Acrylic Sign
Mitra Anand
Sunday, January 23
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM  
11:30 AM  

Do you want to learn how to use the resources available in the WPI Makerspace and Prototyping Lab? Participate in hands-on activities to make an edge lit acrylic sign using the different tools that are accessible to you, including the FDM printers, laser cutters, and soldering irons. We will focus on these various tools for digital fabrication and walk you through step by step, from a digital file on the computer to an actual build version of that design. This workshop encourages people from non-tech background to participate as well. Four half hour sessions will be offered.

Register here (This workshop is full)


7. How to Find and Build a $100 Million Business: What Engineers and Scientists Need to Know to Have Huge Impact
Monti Sharma
Saturday, Jan 22, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

There are likely a number of $100 million ideas around campus just waiting to be uncovered. So, how do you identify one? What do you need to understand about technology innovation in order to be successful? Identify the right kind of solution based on the state of technology and the structure of that sector. And, learn how to find the perfect customer to get things started.

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8. Negotiating a Job Offer  
Curtis Abel
Saturday, January 22, 10:00-11:30 AM
Sunday, January 23, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

If you’re interested in stepping up your leadership game to achieve better outcomes when negotiating while nurturing the relationship with the opposing party, this workshop is for you! Negotiations come in many forms!  Whether it’s to advance an idea with your startup team, acquire a customer, or reach an agreement on job salary, we all negotiate several times per day.  Join Curtis in fun, hands-on exercises to learn negotiation concepts and strategies, prepare for engagement, find the black swan, manage your emotional intelligence, and be more confident and influential.  

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9. Attention Future Leaders! - Getting Good at Getting What You Want  
Marc Trudeau
Sunday, January 23, 2:00-3:00 PM
Sunday, January 23 3:30– 4:30 PM

In the rapidly evolving world of today, leaders’ levers of control have shifted from controlling people directly, to creating work environments in which (networks of) small teams of people can be effective on their own. A key component of said environments is how we ask for work.

In this workshop you will learn and practice asking for work in a way that provides people a sense of purpose, context in which to make decisions, freedom to apply their personal expertise, reason to leverage each other’s genius, an unambiguous and transparent measure of progress and impact, and means to limit risk. You will learn to frame work as a game your people and you will be motivated to play and positioned to win!

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For Wintersession Workshop questions, please contact Lusine Baghsarian,