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Don’t forget: The deadline for entries in our Getting Started with Arduino Kit V2 giveaway will end at 11:59 PST tonight! This kit includes the Getting Started with Arduino book, an Arduino Uno microcontroller, USB cable, a breadboard, a jumper wire kit, and all of the components you need to complete of the examples in the book. To be eligible, all you have to do is go to this giveaway page and tell us why you want to learn Arduino and maybe what projects you think you might like to do with a kit. Good luck!

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. I’d like to use the system to monitor and record weather information to be used in calculating growing degree days for crops on my farm. Maybe even expand it to a full-blown weather station.

  2. Brian says:

    I want to get an arduino so that me and my son can learn robotics and programming a microcontroller together. He is 11 and really into robots. He is learning on the LEGO Mindstorms system right now but it is really showing its limitations at this point. I’d like him to have a system that can be expanded and use nearly any kind of sensor or motor controller.

  3. I would like to get my 6 and 7 year old interested and learn about electronics. I would like to use this for robotic projects.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Folks: Please post these comments to the giveaway page:

  5. Rob McKim says:

    My kid wants to put sensors on the cat. This is a good way to teach him about controllers. Those darn kids. Gotta love em.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I want to make the sickest infotainment system EVAR! Arduino to manage the keyless door system and the car sensors (spedo, fuel gague, temp, etc) with a beagleboard brain running the in car OS, Nav and media playback all hooked to 4 inch touch screen displays. OR To make an in home presence system that can tell where you are in your house and change settings (play music from a specific station/playlist, turn the lights to your brightness/dimness levels, adjust AC), just by finding you with sensors hooked to a team of arduinos that run the appliances/fixtures in the house. Imagine your music and mood settings following you where you go in the house! This would also automatically turn off lights/adjust AC/heat for room with nobody in them leading to power savings/better efficiency.

    And yes I don’t even know how to solder yet …

  7. Gregg says:

    Interesting concept. I’ve already got the book, plus two breadboards mounted on the proto-shields. But that clear breadboard, that’s a real wowzer.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Would love to get this kit!

  9. Anonymous says:

    not sure why my name is showing up like that…. hmmmm