One consideration is if you are in a region where you can get common electronic parts like resistors, capacitors and other parts easily. If these parts are readily available I would get a good arduino book, an UNO, a 9 volt ac adapter, a USB computer cable, several LEDs, some 330ohm, 1K, and 10K resistors, a normally open pushbutton switch, a bread board and some hookup wires. As you start into the learning process you wil find you need more parts and can get them as you need them. I have found that many of the parts that I need and use can be salvaged from old electronic equipment like tape players and old radios. If you buy someones beginner kit you will get these things but also a lot of extra things you may not use. I think you will find that learning about the Arduino is a very good activity for a father and a son if they share an interest in electronics. I hope you have fun.
Some free tutorials on the Arduino can be found here (These are based on the Arduino Leonardo model, but much of it is the same for other models )
Tutorials/lesson01 - Borderless Electronics Education
Of course you can buy the Arduino on the element14 store. Here's a tip that might be useful when searching for parts, check out the site octopart.com it compares prices for electronics parts on several different sites
Here's a list for the Arduino Uno http://octopart.com/partsearch#!?q=arduino%20uno&start=0
The official arduino starter kit contains all the goodies to start with. you can view it HERE...
You'll learn through building several creative projects. The kit includes a selection of the most common and useful electronic components with a book of 15 projects. Starting the basics of electronics, to more complex projects, the kit will help you control the physical world with sensor and actuators.
i agree with Priyam and Shabaz the arduino starter kit is very useful for beginners...
We have a couple different ones at Newark element14 you may like, Arduino Board w/Workshop Kit or the ARDUINO DEV KIT, ARDUINO UNO 219PCS STARTER LAB SET
Hope this helps and thank you for being a member of the element14 Community!
Hello, I have found that most Rasio Shacks carry the Arduinos. Unos and megas. They also have most of the components and capes your son will need to get started.
I would like to get started with teaching Aurdino to my 12 year old kid and wanted to buy an Aurdion starter kit to connect to get started. Is there a particlaur kit or borad that you recomend that we can get started with ? Where is the best place to buy the kit or the board ?