That's a good, reasonable list. It would be great to include 2 of these on it as well:
A $40 student oriented FPGA board that can be programmed with classic video games:
And can also be programmed to be a custom configured Arduino:
--- On Wed, 8/29/12, Sam Harmon <samuel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Sam Harmon <samuel...@gmail.com>
> Subject: [makersalliance] Embedded Electronics Classes/Kits for Ingenuity
> To: "Makers Alliance Google Group" <makersa...@googlegroups.com>
> Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 3:29 PM
> Ok, here is my "mostly readymade"
> submission of a plan for the Ingenuity kits:
> This plan gets us:
> A- a really quick & easy to put together thing that is
> cheap ($1.50 each in quantity, can sell for $2-$3, or just
> in exchange for a donation or something)
> B- An "Arduino Enough" thing that hopefully keeps us in the
> spirit and close enough to the letter of what we're supposed
> to be doing. If no one buys them, we'll have a bunch of
> extra Arduinos to do workshops and crazy stuff with in the
> Also: If people really want a morse code blinky thing: http://brainwagon.org/2009/11/14/another-try-at-an-arduino-based-morse-beacon/
> - which will blink the Diavolino's built-in LED.
> C- Some additional tools so people can put these together
> about a dozen at a time...
> Learn to Solder Skill Badge Kit
> 250 for $375 (+ $5 shipping), ships in 1-2 business days
> from California (time to receive 1 week-10 days?)
> TOTAL FROM MAKERSHED: $380
> EMSL Diavolino (w/6&8pin header set)
> email@example.com w/headers & 3AA battery holder ($937.50)
> Adafruit FTDI Friend - Not really for us to sell, just so we
> can program the Diavolinos a few at a time, and maybe cope
> with one or two walking off...
> 10@$15 each ($150)
> TOTAL FROM EMSL=$1087.50 (Free Shipping over $75, time to
> receive 1 week-10 days?)
> Stahl Tools SSVT Soldering Station (we already have 6 of
> these already)
> 6@$15.98 = $95.88
> 60/40 solder, 1 lb
> 2@$23.49 = 46.98
> Tip cleaner
> TOTAL FROM PARTS EXPRESS: $162.69 (7.5% Ohio sales
> tax, free shipping, total time to receive 1-2 business
> TOTAL COST: $1630.19, leaving us with about $170 for
> incidentals (AA batteries for the Diavolinos?, more tools?
> anything else?)
> That's my thought, anyway.