Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit With 170 Page Book - K000007
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- Parts and instructions are included for 15 projects involving a DC motor, servo motor, tilt sensor, LEDs and other basic electronic components.
- Projects you can make:
- Light the RAM in - create a musical Instrument you play by waving your hands
- Knock lock - tap out the Secret code to open the door
- Digital hourglass - a light-up hourglass that can stop you from working too much
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The Arduino Starter kit provides an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It contains all of the essential components required to start programming with the Arduino uno board, and a guidebook featuring 15 different projects, which are designed to evolve the user from Beginner to professional level.
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Well, he did a better job of searching and found this kit. My daughter called and asked me to look at it online. My first reaction, before seeing the description, was that it might be more money than they would want to invest if they weren't sure. However, upon reading the details, I began to get really annoyed. There are considerably more capabilities in this kit than in all the stuff I bought--and the kit includes a book of tutorials describing it what you're doing very nicely.
I went to my daughter's home to see his kit and looked at the book and went from annoyed to frustrated. The list of items it has that I didn't is depressing. When we left, I told my wife about it, and she told me to go ahead order the kit and enjoy it. So I did and now have two Arduinos.
BTW, go to the sporting goods department of a discount store and get a clear plastic fishing tackle box, as used to hold lures and small items. Otherwise, the parts get mixed together and finding what you need is a real chore. I bought a box that is about 10 x 14 inches, with adjustable dividers to make compartments of various sizes.
What's wrong with the kit? The only thing I can think of is the book is in smaller type than is convenient for someone with (mumble mumble) year-old eyes. I can read it, but I wish it were larger. It is also bound as a paperback and it would be nicer if it were spiral bound so it would lie flat.
Well, the other thing wrong is that my grandson is about eight projects (chapters in the book) ahead of me and there is not a way I can catch up. That I have a PhD and have been teaching electronics for thirty plus years isn't helping my ego at all. Maybe I'll go over when he isn't home and spill his tackle box.
As I write, this kit is out of stock. I hope more become available quickly, because at the price, there is no beating it.
UPDATE: March 6, 2013 - the official Arduino store (in Italy) is still sold out, but an email said they're hoping to restock "shortly." A few vendors in the United States seem to have them in stock--at a tremendous variety of prices. Shop around, if you want one.
UPDATE: March 1, 2015 - this kit has been in stock somewhere most of the time since I wrote the above. The Raspberry Pi and its imitators and clones have also been out for a little while. Deciding between the Raspberry and the Arduino (and its imitators) takes some doing. I'd suggest you decide what you want to do and figure out which does it best. There are online reviews and tutorials out the wazoo for both, as well as books in quantity. The Arduino is programmed in a variant of the C language, while the Raspberry in a variant of Python; neither is harder or easier--just different.
I haven't bought a Raspberry Pi (yet) and don't have anything to recommend. If you want an Arduino and you're starting out without a well-equipped junk box, this is still the one to get. Shop around for price, since they're all the same kit. The Amazon suppliers come and go, depending on who has it in stock, and the price often varies considerably in just a week or two.
I'm 35, but I wish I had this at one or both of two times in my life:
- growing up
- when I was getting my EE degree
This set does a great job at introducing everything you need for an introduction to electrical components and programming. This isn't certain to put you or your kid on a path to a high earning job as an electrical engineer, but it's more likely to do so than a video game.
Instruction booklet is understandable for real humans, but some challenges may be had dealing with versioning of code/firmware/etc. That's actually a good thing because this is what you go through problem solving technical challenges in real life. Excellent problem solving training (psst... use the internet).
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Although the USB cable that came with the kit was defective, the seller replaced it immediately when notified. I am just glad I had another cable on hand to troubleshoot this issue or it would have been a great diasppointment and disillusionment.
The resistors are not as well organized as the pictures indicate. They came in a single long strip and you need to know how to read the color codes to determine the resistance level.
Before I bought this kit I had been looking for a detailed parts list. I couldn't find one, so I've remedied this by uploading an image showing the parts list (from the back of the box). To see the list, click the link for customer images.
*UPDATE: I added some pictures. Hope that helps
This is my first experience with Arduino, so I don't know what's normally expected from these types of kits. But I would have appreciated an analysis the the circuit... why things where connected as shown. At least the expected voltages/current at key points on the circuit diagram.
Anyways, as much as I nonetheless enjoyed the kit, I really can't give it the full five stars.
The components are quite good and the projects fun. The book is informative although you can get good tutorials and projects online. This is suitable for a 12 year old but make sure you start a good tutorial from the beginning so they understand both the hardware and software.
I felt that this is a simpler alternative to teaching programming as well as electronics, simpler than raspberry pi for example. It also teaches dexterity since it can be tricky for a child to assemble the little parts.
As an adult you could buy ultrasound, weather and other sensors for cheap and be controlling your house, car, greenhouse and boat in no time.
I figured I can get the cheaper boards and components for permanent projects later.