The Arduino Compatible kits arrived from the Modern Device Company today. I could not wait to build one up and try it out. I am impressed with the quality of this kit and the assembly instructions. This kit is a great deal for $15. You can buy a student package which contains 15 kits and some spare parts for $150 which works out to $10 each if you have a crowd to supply.
If you are interested in learning to use microcontrollers or want a quick prototyping tool, I highly recommend the Modern Devices Arduino Compatible Bare Bones Board. The Arduino is an excellent platform for beginners and this kit could not be easier to put together.
Get a kit for (almost) free from uCHobby.
Several of the kits are spoken for already but you still have time to get one of these kits in exchange for a short article or you could get the PCB or a programmed Arduino chip for a link to uC Hobby. Read more here.