Appropriate for 9 year old?

I have a 9 year old that is interested in creating electronics (platforms. systems, etc) and I am trying to get hims started. Is Arduino a good place for that? If so, what is the best way to start?

Thanks!

I would say arduino is a good place to experiment, there are a lot of things that can be made, and all down at a safe voltage.

For a totally new beginner, I would say a set like this would be fine http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Arduino-ATmega328-Infrared-IR-LCD1602-DIY-Starter-Kit-6-/270793091739?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0c86aa9b

where you can learn how pull-up work for buttons, while also being able to make things blink and the lcd write stuff, and even experiment with soldering some of the components onto the proto shield.

bobbabuoy: I have a 9 year old that is interested in creating electronics (platforms. systems, etc) and I am trying to get hims started. Is Arduino a good place for that? If so, what is the best way to start?

Sure...if he already has a PC to connect it to, etc.

I'd get him one of these: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10173

It's got lots of fun components and includes a book of projects to get started.

A copy of this for some more advanced readling later on as well. http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/files/ASKManualRev5.pdf