Note: Someone pointed out that students can get quick free shipping at amazon.com!
I looked over this CanaKit at amazon.com and it looks very good and the $90 cost is reasonable. It is described as "CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit - 32 GB." If I were to assemble a kit for this Workshop, it would look very close to this CanaKit. I am very pleased to see that this year it has a longer breadboard, a 2.5 A power supply, and a 32 GB, class 10 micro SD card. Later in the Workshop, I will suggest adding an ATmega328P microprocessor and some other components for about $10 so that you can use your Pi to write programs into a microprocessor.
Once the Pi is set up for wireless operation, you can use it remotely from another computer and do not need a keyboard, mouse, or monitor for the Pi. For sound, however, a speaker needs to be connected to the Pi unless you also send the sound over the network.
I would also recommend getting the Raspberry Pi Camera. It is described as "Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 - 8 Megapixel,1080p" and costs $30. (An older 5 Megapixel version now costs $20.) With care, the lens may be removed for use in telescopes or microscopes. (A version of this camera, called Pi-NoIR can also be bought that is sensitive to near infra-red radiation which can see in the dark with an IR floodlight.)
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