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From exploring manufacturing production processes and the business side of industry, to driving the high-performance final product, 24 rising high school seniors will learn all about how cars come off the assembly line at BMW Manufacturing’s automotive plant at a two-week summer camp that starts Monday. The USC Upstate/BMW Manufacturing Academic Outreach Camp was developed as a partnership between BMW Manufacturing and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

From June 11-22, these rising seniors who hail from Spartanburg and Greenville area high schools and home schools will get an introduction to a variety of manufacturing concepts used by many world-class companies including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles, statistical process control, value stream mapping, process capability, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Using catapults, kit cars, and kit helicopters, they will test various theories and learn ways to improve functions, processes and results. Computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games will be a part of each day’s activities.

Instructors will place an emphasis on honing and improving team work and leadership skills.  The students will also participate in math and science career day discussions and will meet with professionals who use these tools and skills as part of their careers.

Students will spend the majority of time at the Johnson College, however, they will have scheduled visits to the USC Upstate main campus for a tour of campus and the robotics lab, as well as an in-depth visit to BMW Manufacturing and the BMW Performance Center for a tour and test drive on June 20. BMW will also have cars (including hybrids) on display at the Johnson College for students to examine.  The camp will end with student team presentations at the Chapman Cultural Center for educators and family.

Students were selected for the camp through a competitive application process and all are in the top tier of their class. The students are:

Hunter Babb – Byrnes High School
Bradley Benson – Boiling Springs High School
Nicholas Boone – Byrnes High School
Logan Bullock – Greer Middle School Charter
Benjamin Butler – Riverside High School
Hunter Cook – Greer Middle College Charter
Nathan Cotterman – Riverside High School
Trevor Gilmer – Broome High School
Rachel Hammett – Boiling Springs High School
Kyle Hayden – Landrum High School
Austin Hyatt – Byrnes High School
Alexander Joen – Landrum High School
Carder Jones – Dorman High School
Chelsey Justice – Brome High School
Anurag Khandavalli – Southside High School
Hunter Massey – Greer Middle College Charter
Isaac McCullough – Spartanburg Christian Academy
James McVey – Byrnes High School
Grayson Moore – Dorman High School
Katie Pugh – Boiling Springs High School
Dalton Randall – Boiling Springs High School
Zachary Van Wingerden – Southside Christian High School
Kelsey Vogt – Home School
Moritz Wienands – Southside High School

For further information contact Tim Ellis at tellis@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5894 or Mark Fendley at Mark.Fendley@bmwmc.com. Additional information is also available online at www.uscupstate.edu/bmwcamp or the camp’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/uscupstatebmwcamp.

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