I'm teaching an embedded systems class and my students really got excited about Arduino. Several had used the hardware before and raved to the other students about the advantages.
I have a budget of $500. I would appreciate your comments on my shopping list:
6 Duemilanove @ $29.99 = $167.94 2 Mega @ 63.99 = $127.98 2 Motor Shields @ $18.00 = $36.00 1 Buzzer Module @ $9.00 1 DFRobot Prototyping Shield @ $13.00 3 4.8-46V Motor Controllers @ $22.00 = $66.00 1 Electronic Brick 16X2 LCD Display @ $12.50
So the $437 plus tax will stay under my budget. I want a good mix that allows the most students students to do basic projects. Students and I already have a large selection of resistors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs, etc. so don't need those.