Sims students attend BMW forum


Forum promotes women in automotive, STEM fields

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Ten students from Sims Middle School were among 300 middle school students from around the Upstate that participated in the 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW. The goal of the forum is to promote women in the automotive and STEM fields.


Courtesy photo The 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW provided middle school students from around the Upstate with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities for women in the automotive and STEM fields. Ten students from Sims Middle School were among the 300 students that participated in the forum.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION — Ten students from Sims Middle School participated in a special forum hosted by BMW.

The 10 Sims Middle School girls — Arielle Deputy, Brianna Bailey, Katelyn Dos Santos, Hannah Gregory, Zaria Smith, Elizabeth Childers, Hannah Fleming, Dylan Weaver, Jaida Jeter and Jasmine Suggs — participated in the 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) hosted by BMW. The event was billed as “a three-quarter day of development, empowerment and aha moments.”

The students were among 300 middle school girls from around the Upstate, including Spartanburg, Greenville, Cherokee and Union counties, and activities were conducted by leaders from South Carolina education, automotive companies and STEM organizations.

The event began with a networking expo, in which representatives from South Carolina automotive organizations and STEM related educators were on display in the BMW Zentrum foyer. Students were then welcomed by SAWF and presentations were given by Cherie McCain of BMW Manufacturing Co. and Suzanne Dickerson of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Then, students participated in an SAWF All-Star Panel Discussion in which top young women in STEM discussed their personal paths and what it takes to succeed in them. Before lunch, hands-on activities were led by Gemma Parker of DAA Draexlmaier Automotive and Clemson WISE.

After lunch, students took group photos and received a tour of the BMW Plant, experiencing production of BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6s before being shipped to customers around the world.

SAWF is a non-profit which promotes women in the automobile industry and STEM fields, offering scholarships to women pursuing STEM degrees from colleges and universities in the southern U.S.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo Ten students from Sims Middle School were among 300 middle school students from around the Upstate that participated in the 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW. The goal of the forum is to promote women in the automotive and STEM fields.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_sims-bmw-1.jpgCourtesy photo Ten students from Sims Middle School were among 300 middle school students from around the Upstate that participated in the 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW. The goal of the forum is to promote women in the automotive and STEM fields.

Courtesy photo The 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW provided middle school students from around the Upstate with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities for women in the automotive and STEM fields. Ten students from Sims Middle School were among the 300 students that participated in the forum.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_sims-bmw-2.jpgCourtesy photo The 6th Southern Automotive Women’s Forum hosted by BMW provided middle school students from around the Upstate with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities for women in the automotive and STEM fields. Ten students from Sims Middle School were among the 300 students that participated in the forum.
Forum promotes women in automotive, STEM fields

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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