I borrowed a BOE board from a BOE BOT kit from school. I like this product a lot. The Stamp module plugged in easily, the on-board LEDs are bright, the 3 position power switch is very handy, the 4 little rubber feet are a smart and I had no trouble setting it up and testing out some output functions. The web site is very nicely organized and the Whats a Microcontroller text looks perfect for beginners. The IDE is very sensible and has some decent help functionality. After playing around with a couple of LEDs I jumped in and hooked up a 5 x 7 LED array. Since it was July 1 I made a fireworks program.