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ARDX arduino starter kit, and by the afternoon he was tweaking happily tweaking example sketches. He now sees why I find the embedded world so exciting, and I hope he'll be contributing to our Raspberry Pi-based projects at quick2wire.
At the end of our session we started talking about CAD for electronics. As a designer he uses CAD a lot and wondered what CAD tools were used for electronics. Since we'd spent the afternoon working with a breadboard, I showed him Fritzing, When he saw how easy it was to lay out a breadboard circuit, then go to a schematic and a PCB layout it blew him away.
"Is that used in schools?" he asked.
Not yet, that I know of, but it soon will be if we have our way :)