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BMW, USC Upstate offer outreach camp to high school seniors

Staff Report
Published Jan. 22, 2013

Rising high school seniors in Cherokee, Greenville and Spartanburg counties can get hands-on experience at the USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp.

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Students with an interest in the real-world applications of mathematics, statistics, physics, business and manufacturing improvement processes can apply to the two-week camp held June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 21.

The camp, now in its third year, will be held at USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will also involve trips to the BMW Manufacturing facility and BMW Performance Center in Greer, as well as to USC Upstate’s main campus in Spartanburg.

The camp emphasizes how mathematics and science are used to improve the processes to build things like BMW vehicles, and how other industries and organizations, such as health care, finance and the armed forces, use similar processes and tools.

The students will learn teamwork and leadership skills; gain hands-on experience from BMW managers and engineers; and learn lean manufacturing and six sigma tools through computerized challenges, physical simulations, process improvement case studies and teaching games.

An in-depth tour of BMW’s manufacturing facility is included and students will get to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle at the BMW Performance Center.

Students must submit their application, a letter of recommendation from their high school guidance counselor or teacher, their high school transcripts, and PSAT, SAT or ACT scores by March 1. A selection committee will review all applicants.

A valid S.C. driver’s license is required. The camp is free. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Applicants may direct any questions to Donette Stewart or Tim Ellis.