Sparkfun Mini Inventor's Kit V3.2 with Redboard is ideal for learning about electronics and programming microcontrollers without needing any previous experience. Contains instructions for 8 circuits using sensors, motors and more. No soldering required and suits ages 10 and up.
The kit has a whole range of real electronics components that you will learn to use by following the included step by step instructions. Then you can do your own thing creating projects that use LED lights, servo motor, switches and various sensors. Ideal as a gift for ages 10 and up and for education.
Arduino is the largest open source microcontroller ecosystem. There is a huge community of people from science nerds to visual artists who use the free software and inexpensive hardware to create interesting projects. Information on Arduino and forums with helpful folk abound.
No soldering is required. Circuits are wired up using the included breadboard and it all runs at a safe low voltage.
The Circuit Examples:
The Kit includes: