2. Make: Getting Started with Arduino Kit v3.0
This kit from Maker Shed includes everything you need to get started with what they call physical computing. It will teach you the basics of using a microcontroller to blink an LED and it costs $65. There is a special edition version available for $75 as well.
Image: Maker Shed
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