Wilo-Foundation Sponsors Thomas University’s ‘Camp STEMtastic’ Summer Program

Students prepare to test their team project using a Wilo circulator to pump dyed water through a simple piping system.

ROSEMONT, Ill. – This summer, Wilo sponsored Thomas University’s “Camp STEMtastic” through the Wilo-Foundation. The camp is the university’s science and technology-focused summer program for young students, and the foundation has been an active sponsor since 2015.

Wilo USA welcomed this year’s group of rising 8th grade student campers to its production facility in Thomasville, Georgia as part of the STEMtastic program. The theme for this year’s camp was “The Human Machine,” and campers’ activities and learning experiences throughout the week focused on simple and complex machines related to how the systems in the human body function together to complete specific tasks.

The students pose alongside camp leaders and Wilo USA’s director of operations, Darren McGuire, after an afternoon at Wilo’s production facility in Thomasville, Georgia.

The students toured the Wilo USA facility on the fourth day of the camp and learned about the complex machines and systems used in production, as well as how Wilo pumps work to treat water supply and sewage within cities’ infrastructure. The campers also participated in a hands-on activity led by Wilo USA’s director of operations, Darren McGuire, in which they worked in teams to assemble two versions of a simple circulation system. They then used a Wilo circulator to pump dyed water through the piping structures they created, demonstrating how the human circulation system functions.

On the last day of the camp, campers’ friends and family members attended a reception in which the students gave a presentation highlighting the events of the week. The group enjoyed a demonstration of the students’ project for the week, which was to build a simple machine to complete a specific task.

Learn more about the Wilo-Foundation at www.wilo-foundation.de/en.html.