Mondays (6pm - 8pm)
Meetings continue over the summer.
Next shop meeting:
June 3 (6-8pm)
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"Infiltrating young minds, one robot at a time"
Welcome to the website of EnTech, home of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 281 - the GreenVillains. We are a nonprofit organization in Greenville, South Carolina that promotes engineering and technology through our FIRST robotics teams and outreach in our community. Our activities are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the dedication of our mentors and volunteers. See About EnTech for all the details. Click here to find out how you can get involved in one of our programs as a student, mentor, or sponsor.
What is FIRST?
FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 in an attempt to promote an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in today's students. Kamen decided the best way to interest young people in FIRST was to create a sporting event that connected students with adult mentors to design, build, wire, and program robots that compete against one another in a challenging competition. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was born. The competition has grown from a single gym in Manchester, New Hampshire to an international competition. FIRST also hosts the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), The FIRST Lego League (FLL), and The Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL) to reach younger students. Today, FIRST boasts a total of 29,200 teams from around the world, 303,000 student participants, 120,500 mentors and volunteers, and more than 19 million dollars in college scholarships. For more information about the FIRST programs, go to our web page About FIRST or visit the official FIRST website at www.usfirst.org.
July 30, 2015
Our GreenVillains continue to prepare for outreach events, such as AJ the Robot Day at the shop. We are also preparing for Open House - can't wait to see some fresh faces as we head into a new school year!
June 28, 2015
Summer is in full swing, and we have been spending our time with fun outreach activities. From an expo to a Michelin event, we have participated in a variety of activities, putting our robots from past years into use for demos. We're also welcoming new team members and visitors to our shop. Looking forward to what the rest of the summer will bring!
April 5, 2015
We had a great time at the Smoky Mountains Regional! We met some great people and saw lots of incredible robots in action. This was our second and last competition for this year's season. Team pictures will be taken this Thursday, April 9. This 2015 FRC season has been a blast, and we are now looking forward to outreach and various other activities for the off-season!
March 30, 2015
Build season may be over for the 2015 FRC Game: RECYCLE RUSH, but we're just getting started! We are packing up and getting pumped for our second 2015 competition at the Smoky Mountains Regional this Wednesday!
NOTE to EnTech 281 Parents: All parent positions must be filled in order for us to go to tournaments this season. Please take a look at the Parent Position Openings and sign up for whichever positions you can. Thank you!
Would you be interested in sponsoring our team? Please click HERE to learn more about our team and how you could help. As always, a big thank you to all of our generous sponsors!