Arduino Inventor Kit
Arduino is an open-source hardware development board that is programmed with a simplified, easy-to-learn programming language. The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) has an Arduino-compatible board and a great set of parts to get a beginner started with programmable electronics. It includes everything you'll need to build 14 basic circuits, including a 36-page color starter guide to walk you through them.
In addition to the inventor’s kit, you can also check out WiFi and Ethernet shields.
For more Arduino reference material, and projects that lie beyond the scope of the inventor’s kit, check out these great resources:
Here are some regularly updated websites that we like to use for inspiration:
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