What is it? Free software for students. Why? So, that you can build stuff using our tools. I tested out the verification process and it seems pretty straightforward. I notice that most of UC (University of California) schools seem to be in the verification list. Here is a list of all of the products that you can get.
This is a pretty cool offer, if you qualify, be sure to take advantage of it. Also, if you do grab this software and then build something cool with it, I'd love to have you tell us how you did it on my weekly show on Channel9. Send me mail (via this blog) and I'll schedule you as a guest on my show (geekSpeak).