USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp
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 health care, finance, and the U.S. Armed Forces?
The USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp will introduce students to exciting and real world applications of mathematics, statistics and physics. In addition, their team work and leadership skills will be honed and improved.
2012 USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp. Video credit: Greg Grom
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 professionals using these tools and skills as part of their careers, and will have a chance to participate in an in-depth tour of BMW. They’ll even get a chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle.
Highlights of the camp
Learn Six Sigma process improvement tools taught by BMW engineers and USC Upstate faculty
Multiple process simulation exercises including a catapult competition
Extensive tour of the BMW manufacturing facility
Safe driving school at the BMW Performance Center
Tour of the USC Upstate Campus with scholarship discussions
Students will gain...
Understanding of the process improvement concepts used by world class companies
Exposure to Lean manufacturing including 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban and Process Flow
Training in Six Sigma concepts such as DMAIC, Process Capability, ANOVA, SPC, and DOE
Insight into careers from BMW employees
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?
Rising high school senior in Greenville or Spartanburg County
Letter of recommendation from high school guidance counselor or teacher
Valid SC driver’s license
How do I apply?
Complete an application and return it to the Office of Admissions
Submit high school transcripts and PSAT, SAT or ACT scores
Submit a letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or teacher
Deadline to apply is in March 15, 2013. More details will follow.
Students will be selected to participate in the camp by a selection committee
Is there any cost for the camp?