Garcia - One of the nice things about the Arduino, education wise, is that it's close to the hardware, but a lot of the messy details are handled. You don't have to worry about getting tripped up by configuration bits or the idiosyncracies of I2C, etc. You can get right to the programming and then later explore some of those painful environmental issues.
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