We understand the importance of students teaching students. Every year, returning members visit freshmen physics classes to talk about FIRST robotics and recruit new members, and since last year, Team 1700 has also held annual fall workshops that teach prospective members basic mechanical, electrical, and programming skills before jumping into the build season. Not only are the workshops open to the entire school, but they also allow new members to join the team without any prior robotics experience. This year, to give students a taste of the FIRST competition format, the workshops gave attendees a mini challenge and broke them up into two teams. Each day began with a lesson from the 1700 student leadership team, and students broke into two groups for some hands-on prototyping, building, and programming in the afternoons. Over the summer, we hold weekly programming workshops which take students from beginner to expert in a matter of weeks. These, too, are open to the whole school.