Forrest Mimms could go a step further - or maybe the "Shack" could catch on to this sort of thing.
Anyhow, I just wanted to share.
I also have more detailed pictures if you click on the user photos on Amazon for the Radio Shack Electronics Learning Lab.
In a rather simple manner I affixed my Uno R3 to my Radio Shack Electronics Learning Lab over the transformer, which I am not likely to use. I am also considering replacing the rather pitiful ammeter with something more useful - like a Harbor Freight digital multimeter and solder the test probe terminals to the spring terminals on the board.
Also I am going to go ahead and convert the system to a regulated, wired power supply as currently the board only has batteries. In short, I wanted a budget Arduino development board with pots and LEDs and everything else integrated so I can work more quickly. It will also help when I get my QFP to DIP converter!
In short I just want to share what has made my Arduino experience more comfortable - and easier to learn on. I've resurrected old Physics textbooks from Amazon, ordered a few books on C++, and I'm trying to most effectively work myself through the Mimms material, then onto more advanced things to take things further. As a neophyte microcontroller hobbyist it takes some creativity - even just a tiny bit of hacking - to get yourself comfortable with the medium. And this is the result of asking, "why not," and then doing.
I hope that others do the same thing -or similar. You can find these learning labs on craigslist for no more than a song sometimes!