My dad got me an ARDX Experimentation Kit for Arduino for my birthday. I just finished all the 13 experiments and I have to say it is a pretty awesome kit and a good introduction to the Arduino. The kit comes with a variety of input and output components/devices including:
- 10x Red and 10x Green LEDs
- 10mm Blue LED
- 5mm RGB LED
- Force Sensor
- DC Motor
- Hobby Servo
- Shift Register
- Piezo Element
- Variable Resister/Potentiometer
- Photo Resister
- Temp Sensor
Also included are some transistors, resistors, diodes, etc. After you finish going through the experiments this gives you a good head start once you decide to build your own project.
Another bonus to the kit is that is comes with a custom cut piece of clear acrylic to mount the included Arduino and a bread board. There are wiring sheets you can cut out and overlay on the bread board but I didn’t find these necessary.
Code for most of the projects can be found online at the URLs mentioned in the instructions with the exception of the last two experiments. For the RGB LED experiment I could not find the code online and I had trouble with the code printed in the manual. I had to make the color arrays regular variables instead of constants to get the code to work for me. I could not find the force sensor code online either but the code printed in the manual worked and was pretty trivial to enter.
Overall I have to say this is a great kit for someone that would like to learn how to use Arduino to interface with real world devices.