M5 is a makerspace for ECE undergraduate students. It is located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in Marcus Hall, Room 5.

M5 Experimental College::

M5 Experimental College (M5exco) is a powerfully simple educational venture in which ECE undergraduates (and others) teach and participate in non-credit courses to enhance their engineering education.

M5exco is pronounced MEX-CO - two syllables. The "5" is silent, just like the "h" in Amherst :)

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. M5exco 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 Prof. Soules if you are interested.

Fall 2010 M5exco Course Offerings:

1) Web Development by Sam Erb

Web Development by Sam Erb (CSE '11)
Every Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the M5 Good Room
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2) DIY CNC by Brendan Nichols

Building a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Milling Machine by Brendan Nichols (MIE '11)
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