You don't need a fancy shield to control motors, but sometimes they are handy. This unit works with steppers, servos, and even regular dc motors.
This is stage one in our Stepper Motor Controller project. We are assembling the Motor Shield that Hacktronics sent us, then we will write the sketch to control it. This project would make a good starting point for a robot or even a cnc machine. Stay in touch for additional steps in the project.
What are we reading this week?
Practical Arduino Engineering, by Harold Timmis.