Okay, I understand that as a beginner, I should start off with a kit, but which kit will I gain the most knowledge from? I don’t want a 3-4 hour fun experience that leaves me with a completed $150 robot on my shelf, I want a project that I can really learn from so that I’ll be in the right direction when I start building my next robot. I hope to get a kit that requires lots of work!
I would start with this web site:
I think you don’t need a kit if you can keep the objectives of your first robot simple. I assume you probably do not have the correct tools and supplies, so I think for your first robot you can build it for a couple hundred bucks. Kits are fine, but if you really want to learn how something works then you have to research it, design it, and build it yourself. In fact I think most of the learning for a project like this comes from the planning and design phase rather than construction, which you would totally miss with a kit because there the design is already done. Then the second robot will be easier.
Good luck with it.