Reason for question: My son is working on a project to build a robot controlled by an arduino uno. This question is more about terminology than process, but since terms are very important at this level, I rather ask some expert advice - I have not found any input on the internet about this!
Question: What is the correct technical name (if any) of the circuit board that acts as the interface between the arduino-uno (a micro-controller) and the motors (the external devices)? According to the definition of a motherboard*, this "interface" circuit board would act as a very basic motherboard, as it would "allow communication" between the components, but it would not contain expansion slots, so should it be called something else?
Background on project: The robot will be very basic. A body will be made of plastic legs and motors for joints; an Arduino-uno will provide the logic for motor movement; and a custom circuit board (hence my question) will act as the interface between the uno and the motors, providing electricity from a dedicated source to the motors.
We are just missing the proper terminology to use for this "interface" board and I cannot find any concrete info online or on books. If I get good terms in this post, then we can do further research on those terms. Thanks.