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Hello everyone,

I'm new to the world of micro-controllers and programming. I was introduced to them, when I attended the DC science festival. I recently bought a Maker Shed Ultimate pack. A vender at the convention recommended it because of what you get for the price. But others that I have talked to said that you can get a lot more for less. I paid $150.00 without a book for the kit from Radio Shack. When I looked on Ebay and Amazon there are countless amount of kits that different company's have put together. My question to everyone is, does anyone know of a beginner kit for less then $150.00 w/ book? Just not sure if this Is a good buy to get a beginner started or a waste of money?
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The general answer is - you bought the kit - use it!

Most of us here are not looking at this from a "total beginner" viewpoint (though some answer as educators) and favour choosing a basic board (Arduino Uno or Micro) plus a breadboard and jumper wires, and then selecting the ancillary devices for the projects they would actually fancy constructing.  This will generally be cheaper, depending on the choice of quality parts.
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The ultimate kit looks reasonable.   Probably a bit overpriced, but it has some relatively expensive components (servo motors and LCD, for example.  Yeah, you can get cheaper versions shipped direct from china in 3 weeks, but...)
While there is no book, there is the wiki page here: http://makezine.com/shed/ultimate-microcontroller-pack/
and the parts are common enough that you can probably use any number of other other online tutorials (adafruit, sparkfun, etc.)
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