I picked up Parallax's BASIC Stamp Discovery Kit to learn with, and so far so good. The documentation is good and it is simple to program.However Fry's/Digikey/Mouser/etc all charge $48-$59 for the microcontroller, so building devices could become expensive. Is there a "clone" of the module available for less? I would prefer one that can be programmed with the Board Of Education so I don't have to go out and buy new hardware... The language doesn't have to be BASIC (although it would help not having to rewrite any code) - I can understand Java, C, etc. As long as the dev software is free or inexpensive, and well documented. It's more important that the microcontroller has the same # of inputs/outputs and memory. Any info appreciated... thanks.