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Best starter materials for Arduino?

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When I asked my brother what my nephew wanted for Christmas, he said dn was interested in building a computer, and I thought some Arduino stuff might be a good fit. But I've only heard about this product about two weeks ago here on the Hive, and I have no idea where to start. And it's expensive! The obvious thing would be to get him the Starter Kit that's sold (Inventor's Kit, I think it's called now), but that's $100! I usually spend closer to $25-35 per nephew - his birthday's in Feb and I thought it could be a joint Xmas/Bday gift, but that's still steep, and I think it would be good to know he'd actually engage in the stuff before I blow that much. (and it wouldn't be fair to other dn to get so much of a bigger gift for his brother).


If I bought less stuff, what should it be?


I found this bundle on Amazon, and it suggests what looks like a good starter book to go with it, which together run a bit over $40, which is doable - would that work to get him started?


Other suggestions??


ETA: If I get him the Uno board, will he see this as "building a computer" or "programming" one? There are Arduino boards one can buy and assemble that are referred to on their website, but it's hard to navigate and I can't seem to figure out which exact product they're referring to, much less where to buy it. And would that be something a 13-yo boy (who is actually historically not that much of a techno-geek, he's always been more obsessed with airplanes) could do?

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Depends on what he means by "build a computer." If he wants to put one together, it's not exactly rocket science. I used to build all mine until the bundles got cheaper than home-built. If he wants a decent computer, that's going to take some pretty serious money. If he wants to scrounge, then he could do it for free......

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