Microcontroller Development Kit Info

Multiple courses use the Microchip microcontroller programming development kit. Students have a number of ways to get access to a kit and it is up to the student to determine what works best for them.

Some options are:

Option A:   Buy & build a kit yourself (do it yourself).
Option B:   Share a kit with a friend.
Option C:   Checkout a kit from BELS for non-refundable checkout fee (kit must be returned on time)
Option D:   Purchase a kit from BELS for a fee.

Students who check out the kit from BELS must return the kit in good working condition to BELS in Baskin Engineering Room 40 or Room 66 no later than the end of finals week.  BELS will also sell or rent kits to researchers or students for personal use if supply allows. Students who fail to return the kit by the due date listed below will be billed for the full cost of the kit ($150) in addition to the checkout fee.

Note:  Kits that are checked out will need to be returned by the date listed below or your UCSC account will be billed an additional $150 for the full replacement cost of the kit.  The total cost for a kit not returned is $180 ( checkout fee of $30 plus purchase fee of $150).

Winter 2020  
       Return Kit by Friday, March 20, 2020

Spring 2020  
       Return Kit by Friday, June 12, 2020

 ========= Purchase After Checkout Option  =========

After checking out the kit, many students find they want to now keep it. The kit is sold for $150 however, for students who have that quarter checked out the kit, BELS offers a limited time purchase opportunity where your checkout fee ($30) is credited to the purchase fee. Upgrading your checkout fee to purchase must be made by the deadlines listed above. Thus for an additional $120 (total cost is $150; consisting of $30 for the initial checkout and $120 upgrade fee) you can keep the kit.