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USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing/
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Academic Outreach Camp



USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp. Video credit: Greg Grom (left); Matthew Johnson (right).


Have you ever wondered how mathematics and science are actually used to improve the processes to build things like BMW vehicles? Did you know these improvement tools and processes are also used by other industries and organizations such as healthcare, finance and the U.S. Armed Forces?

The Academic Outreach Camp will introduce students to exciting and real world applications of mathematics and statistics. In addition, their team work and leadership skills will be honed and improved.

Students will gain hands-on experience in learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma tools to computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies and teaching games.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with manufacturing professionals using these tools and skills as part of their careers. Students will also participate in an in-depth tour of BMW and USC Upstate’s Healthcare Simulation Center. They will even get a chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle. 

Highlights of the camp:

  • Process improvement tools taught by BMW engineers and USC Upstate faculty
  • Multiple process simulation exercises
  • Extensive tour of the BMW Manufacturing Facility
  • Safe driving school at the BMW Performance Center
  • Tour of the USC Upstate Campus
  • Activities in Healthcare Simulation Center

Students will gain:

  • Understanding of the process improvement concepts used by world class companies
  • Exposure to Lean manufacturing tools such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping and Process Flow
  • Training in Six Sigma concepts such as DMAIC, Process Capability, ANOVA, SPC and DOE
  • Insight into careers from manufacturing and healthcare professionals
  • Appreciation of the technology and complexity in modern manufacturing
  • Improved driving skills while driving a BMW at the Performance Center

What type of students are we looking for?

  • Demonstrated ability in math and science
  • Interested in a career in manufacturing, engineering or healthcare

Eligibility requirements:

  • Rising high school senior in Greenville, Spartanburg or Cherokee County
  • Letter of recommendation from high school guidance counselor or teacher
  • Valid SC driver’s license or permit

How do I apply?  

  • Complete the application online or print a copy and return it to the Office of Admissions
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or teacher
  • Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016
  • Students will be selected to participate in the camp by a selection committee

Is there any cost for the camp?

  • No cost to students
  • Lunch and snacks will be provided

Important information:

  • Students must be covered by health insurance
  • Must have transportation to each camp site
  • Must attend both weeks

2016 Camp Dates & Details
June 13 - 17 & June 20 - 24
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Students must attend both weeks
Johnson College of Business & Economics

Eligibility: Rising Seniors

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