M5 Experimental College

M5 Experimental College is a powerfully simple educational venture in which ECE undergraduates (and others) teach and participate in non-credit courses to enhance their engineering education.

These informal courses cover topics of particular interest to the instructors. They allow the substantial talents and interests within the student body to be generously shared and strengthened. M5 Experimental College courses are not official UMass academic courses and therefore do not earn academic credit. Course participation is recorded as M5 units on their M5 transcript (1 in-class/in-lab hour = 1 M5 unit). The ECE department invites ECE students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as community members to propose courses which they would like to teach in the Fall 2010 semester. Stop by M5 and see Professor Soules if you are interested.

Current (Fall 2012) Course Offerings:

1) Personal Finance Seminar Series

Arber Doci (EE ’13)
Learn about personal money management and greater economic matters.
Starts Saturday, October 13, 2012 at M5 at 1pm.
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Spring 2011 Course Offerings:

1) Ruby on Rails

Dan Bercht (CSE ’12)
Learn the foundations to becoming a Rails developer.
Starts Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Euler’s Good Room at M5 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Subsequent sessions TBA
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2) DIY PC

Melissa Lau (CSE ’13) and Fabien Ahmed (EE ’13)
Learn the basics of building your own personal computer.
Starts Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Euler’s Good Room at M5 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Subsequent sessions TBA
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Fall 2010 Course Offerings:

1) Web Development

Sam Erb (CSE ’11)
Learn the ins and outs of modern web development.
Every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the M5 Good Room
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2) DIY CNC

Brendan Nichols (MIE ’11)
Build a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Milling Machine!
Every Thursday at 6PM in the M5 Good Room
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For background information on the decades-old Experimental College movement, please read the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_College