I am an experienced programmer, but have limited experience with electronics. I am interested in Gadgeteer as something fun to do with my 16 year old son, who is also a pretty good programmer, and is very interested in engineering. So we have no specific projects in mind, we will just be looking for fun things that interest a teenage boy.
Of course the starter kits seem like a great way to go, but I am having trouble deciding. Also, it seems like the FEZ Cobra II boards are very good, I see them used a lot as I read through the forum, but there is no kit around that one. It seems tempting to put together my own starter kit based around the Cobra II. What would be the critical additional components if I was to do this. What USB and Power related items? What is the best Extender type of module to use with the FEZ. Does it work with the same Touch Screen that comes with the Spider kit?
Also, any advice on additional tools and such that I might need. In a couple of pictures I’ve noticed some sort of power or scope like device hooked up, presumably for power? Will I need any soldering tools? What is a good supply source for things like motors and such? Is it common to use something like an erector set to put together simple projects?
Thanks in advance for any advice!