Merrimack High School races to the finish line with Rapid

Rapid, New Hampshire’s largest prototype manufacturing company, is sponsoring Merrimack High School’s robotics team, Team Chop Shop 166.

The sponsorship will include manufacturing sheet metal parts for a FIRST Robotics robot.

The goal of the student-led group is to build a FIRST-approved robot that will compete in a regional competition. Along with building a robot, the team will develop students’ skills to prepare them for post-
graduation careers in STEM fields.

"I enjoy working with students on building real-life skills," said Jay Jacobs, Rapid CEO. "It is great to see them submit parts and their ideas come to life. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product for the 2016 team."

Team Chop Shop is divided in sub-groups, including software, animation, pro-engineers, marketing, mechanical/electrical and design. The groups tasked with designing and engineering will work with Rapid on designing and manufacturing sheet metal components for their robot.

"The FIRST program is imperative to our future in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields," said Scott Trecartin, New England team manager. "It is very exciting working closely with our future customers, and it is safe to say that I learn as much from them each year as they learn from their mentors."