Does anyone know where I can buy, either in store or on-line (pref) cheaply?
I am finding this Arduino and Shields are very expensive for what some of these shields and daughter boards do.
I was looking to build a dedicated webserver that could be just plugged in to an ethernet cable, not bothered if it is PoE at all but the cost of it and the Arduino (average) I can get a bunch of bits from a computer fare and knock a micro system together instead, however, that defeats the objective of having a simple dedicated server for the Scout groups use.
I was also hoping to use an Arduino with my netbook and use it as an educational tool with the local Beaver & Cub Scout pack that I am an assistant leader of. Given the cost involved, it is prohibitive for both scenarios. I know that the Scouts would be wanting to build a robot, most kids would, so any pointers on how this can be done cheaply is appreciated.
So if anyone knows where I can obtain Original or Cloned Arduinos that are compatible with the Arduino IDE, I would appreciate the advice, sign posting and leg up on to the prototyping ladder.