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2 ways to save on Arduino kits and courses — a great gift idea for the nerd on your list

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 Apple Store gift card? Please. This holiday season, treat the techie on your list (even if that someone is you) to something with more pizzazz. Something that gets the gears turning and sparks creativity. Something like Arduino. 

Now, we know what you’re thinking: Isn’t Arduino a legendary Ice- and Flying-type bird Pokémon that’s known for its ability to command the cold? Alas, that would be Arcticuno. 

Arduino is an open-source platform used to build interactive electronic devices — no coding experience required. Featuring a software program that runs on any computer and a programmable circuit board, or microcontroller, that can be adapted for various projects, Arduino is great for amateur artists and hardcore hobbyists alike.

Below, we’ve found two great options featuring Arduino Uno, the most popular board in the Arduino family, that are currently on sale in the Mashable Shop. (Be sure to enter the code MERRY15 at checkout to save an additional 15%.)

Learn how to build a keypad, liquid crystal displays, musical instruments, and other cool Arduino projects with the Internet of Things (IoT) — that is, the ever-expanding network of devices connected to the internet — with this five-part bundle containing more than 16 hours of learning. Included are a trio of workshops on the nitty-gritty of Arduino Uno, each with increasing levels of difficulty, as well as a crash-course on building circuits and writing programs, plus a Vilros Uno Board that’s compatible with hundreds of Arduino projects.

A $354.96 value, you can pick up this bundle today for just $51.99 — a savings of 85%.

More than 30 hours of project-based training round out this six-part Arduino course bundle that’s currently 94% off. It’ll introduce you to Arduino with a three-hour course covering the basics, then help you develop your understanding of the platform with two hands-on classes: one featuring tutorials for creating Arduino projects like games, RC cars, and a phone; and one that’ll teach you how to build a wheeled robot. Plus, you’ll be able to hone your skills with access to the same three workshops included in our other Arduino bundle.

Normally $539.94, you can save hundreds of dollars on this bundle by visiting the Mashable Shop today, where you’ll find it on sale for only $29.99.

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