YES, the Arduino Starter Kit is packaged with just as much thought as each of the tutorials inside. I am blown away by how thorough this kit is. In just one tutorial, I feel like I've learned more than I did all last year on my own! Don't get me wrong - I definitely learned a lot last year - but never in such depth. It goes to show - sometimes it's worth spending the money on a "professional." Thank you, Mr. Arduino Starter Kit.
My first interactive circuit, using a switch, a resistor and an LED:
... and, OF COURSE, a little bit of playing around got me a big green letter-C.