This PICAXE-08M Starter Pack is a self-assembly kit, based on the PICAXE-08M2 Microcontroller.
The starter pack is targeted at schools and general educational purposes, but the open design also makes it very useful for hobbyists to use it as a project board, or for any one who wants to self study, or learning by experimenting.
The 'starter pack' includes both a training board, AXE027 download cable and a battery box. The software needed is free, so all extra you need to get started, is a computer and batteries. Furthermore, free training resources and tutorials are provided in the PICAXE manual (Part 1 - Getting Started).
The project board comes with assembly instructions, and when completed, the board will contain the following:
The PICAXE-08M2 Starter Pack can be used with any software application that supports the PICAXE hardware, including the easy to use flowcharting software Logicator for PICAXE, the free PICAXE Programming Editor.