Academic Outreach Campers Will Tour BMW, Test Drive Vehicles on June 24

June 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

From exploring manufacturing production processes and healthcare quality outcomes, to driving BMW’s high-performance vehicles, 28 rising high school seniors will have the opportunity to apply both science and math principles using Lean and Six Sigma tools to manufacturing and healthcare situations during a two-week Academic Outreach Camp sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, BMW Manufacturing and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.


On Wednesday, June 24, the campers will tour BMW Manufacturing and visit the BMW Performance Center test track in Greer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will become test drivers as they each take a turn at the wheel, testing the acceleration, braking and turning capabilities of the cars under a variety of road conditions.

Over the course of the two-week camp, these rising seniors from Spartanburg and Greenville area high schools receive an introduction to a variety of process improvement techniques 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, toy cars and paper helicopters, they will test various theories and learn ways to improve functions, processes and results. Computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games are 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.

The camp will end June 26 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 participating are:

  • Zachary Allison, Wade Hampton High School
  • Samuel Davis, Boiling Springs High School
  • Kenneth Fish, Wade Hampton High School
  • Jonathan Gundana, J.L. Mann High School
  • Hilary Harris, J.L. Mann High School
  • Cierra Hill, Byrnes High School
  • Emily Kaufman, Mauldin High School
  • Madison Lee, Landrum High School
  • Joshua Mann, Greer High School
  • Nicholas Medley, Chapman High School
  • Sophie-Jade Miron, Oakbrook Preparatory School
  • Logan Morris, Spartanburg Christian Academy
  • Sabrina Moua, Boiling Springs High School
  • Ashish Nicodemus, Dorman High School
  • Simon Patel, Spartanburg High School
  • Jason Peck, Byrnes High School
  • Jackson Poole, St. Joseph’s High School
  • Kyle Render, Hillcrest High School
  • Fabian Salinas, Broome High School
  • Cierra Sorrells, S.C. Home School Association
  • Grant Staarmann, Southside Christian School
  • Allison Stewart, Byrnes High School
  • Mark Stewart, Dorman High School
  • Alexander Tedrow, Woodmont High School
  • Christian Turner, Boiling Springs High School
  • Benjamin Wilson, Shannon Forest Christian School
  • Joshua Wood, Gaffney High School
  • Taylor Seawell, Dorman High School

The Academic Outreach Camp was developed as a partnership between BMW Manufacturing, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, the Mary Black School of Nursing and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate and is operated without any cost to qualified applicants.

The camp instructors are USC Upstate faculty and Lean Six Sigma professionals from BMW Manufacturing and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

For more information, contact Tim Ellis at (864) 503-5894 or Additional information may also be found at