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Three deals to help total beginners master DIY electronics

Learn how to build sensors, robots, and connected devices with Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

With the rise of open-source electronics platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, DIY enthusiasts are able to build their own innovative, connected devices at a faster rate than ever before. The barrier for entry has never been lower, but it can be tough for someone with no programming or electronics experience to get started. To help you get in on the action, we've rounded up three awesome DIY electronics deals geared towards total beginners. These are limited time offers, so don't miss out!

The Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle

MSRP: $520 | Today: $62.99 | Savings: 87%

Arduino is one of the most popular DIY platforms around, and a great place to start for a beginner. This complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle gets you all the hardware needed to get started, plus over 25 hours of hands-on instruction to give you the know-how to build your own electronics, even with no prior programming experience. All together, it's valued over $500, but Engadget readers can get the whole set for just $62.99 with free US shipping.

Arduino Step-by-Step: Your Complete Guide

MSRP: $200 | Today: $14.99 | Savings: 92%

If you already have your own Arduino hardware but need help learning how to use it, this comprehensive guide is your best bet. It contains more than 130 lectures spanning introductory topics like microcontroller basics and electronics design to more advanced integrations with the internet, motors, and movement. Normally $200, Engadget readers can get lifetime access to all course content for just $14.99.

The Complete Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit

MSRP: $800 | Today: $103.50 | Savings: 85%

If you're interested in trying your hand at Raspberry Pi programming, you're going to need a lot more than the latest single-board computer to get started. The Complete Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit gets you a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and all the hardware you'll need, plus over 100 expert-taught lectures to help you discover your electronics programming potential. It's on sale now for 85 percent off ($115 plus free US shipping), but Engadget readers can save an additional 10 percent with code RASPI10.

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