West STEAM Center Learners Visit Wacker Chemical

West STEAM Center Learners Visit Wacker Chemical

Submitted by Hannah Spohn
West STEAM Center learner

On Friday, Oct. 12, 42 eighth graders from West STEAM went to Wacker Chemical. I had the opportunity to be a part of that group, and am very thankful for that. We had a short introduction where Mr. Ayre, the Human Resource Manager talked about safety and about the company.

Then we split up into two groups and went on tours. My group had headphones with a mouthpiece that they were demoing to see if they would work better on tours. We learned about Wacker’s operation and their products and saw a lot of technology including their new robots.  

Part of the tour included learning about polymers. We went to four buildings, each one different than the rest. It was a very cool experience to be a part of. We got to meet lots of chemists, engineers and those that work to support the company in different roles.

One really cool thing is that they offer summer intern programs for those in college, and that there are good paying jobs and training available if someone wants to enter the workforce right from high school. At the end of the day, we got a pizza lunch and a bag of things that Wacker Chemical contributed to making. It was a great day at Wacker Chemical; the plant was so clean and high tech and employs so many people.  

Tecumseh West learners during their visit to Wacker Chemical

Two learners playing with a tub of silicon     Two learners injecting silicon into molds