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Arduino for Christmas

dealgate 6,368 1,085 December 14, 2015 at 06:48 AM
My GF's son (15) is into the Arduino programming but doesn't have any of the stuff. I was going to get him a starter set but it seems there is so much out there. Can anyone suggest a good starter set? Price under $100.

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My GF's son (15) is into the Arduino programming but doesn't have any of the stuff. I was going to get him a starter set but it seems there is so much out there. Can anyone suggest a good starter set? Price under $100.
If I had $100 to get somebody jump started with Arduino and needed the bits before Christmas, I would get the SaintSmart Ultimate Arduino Starter Kit [amazon.com] and a NodeMCU Lua dev board [ebay.com].

The Sparkfun Inventors kit is really nice. Best curriculum out there hands down (many/most just copy the Sparkfun guides). That said, they are over priced and the flex sensor and touch potentiometer are crap. Nobody can get them to work right.

A SaintSmart kit is probably the best budget/slickdeal option without piecing one together yourself. They are affordable, the instructions are solid and can ship via prime.

The NodeMCU devboard can be programmed via the Arduino IDE just like the other Arduino, but has 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi. There are apps like Blynk that let you easily create apps for Android/iOS, you can also create internet connected devices from scratch. You can get them shipped from China for <$4 off aliexpress, but they won't make it here for Christmas.
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Thanks! I ended up getting him the below along with a 20x4 LCD display.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge_o02_s00
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