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The 2018 Data Detectives Summer Camp
Acceptance e-mails will be sent by June 16th

Data Detectives Summer Camp 2018The NCHS Data Detectives Camp is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer camp that focuses on statistics for rising 6th and 7th grade students. This one-week commuter day camp is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls to learn about statistics through a variety of fun, hands-on activities!Statistics and probability concepts are included in K-12 curriculum standards, in particular the Common Core State Standards. Data Detectives Camp activities will specifically cover statistical concepts developed during grades 6th and 7th and will teach kids to think like a data detective by asking the right question, collecting the needed information, analyzing the data, and determining the answer.

The camp is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in collaboration with the American Statistical Association, University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, the CDC Museum, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Joint Programs in Survey Methodology.

View the camp flyer [PDF]

Camp Information

Date: Summer 2018

Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily with drop off from 8:30-9:00 am and pick up from 4:00-4:30 pm

Eligibility: Children entering 6th or 7th grade in the fall of 2018

Cost: There is no fee for registering or attending the Camp

Location: University of Maryland campus, College Park, Maryland.

Contact Information: Email us at

Applying to Camp

The Data Detectives Camp will select up to 30 rising 6th and 7th graders to take part in the one-week summer camp. Those who have participated previously should not apply this year. Applications will be accepted through June 12th, 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

What to Expect when Applying

  • A brief application for the parent/guardian to complete about the child,
  • A brief application for the child to complete about him or herself,
  • On-line applications must be completed and submitted by June 12th, 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time,
  • A complete application must include both the parent and child portions; and
  • Acceptance emails will be sent by June 16th.


Sample Activities

Daily activities will revolve around statistical concepts that will be explored through a variety of activities, group projects, and computer programs.

basketball team

Distributions and Outliers

Learn about distributions by measuring the height of fellow campers. See how a 7-foot tall basketball player throws off the average height of your class.

children comparing arm span

Comparisons and Predictions

Collect data to draw comparisons. Compare the mean height of your class to the mean number of siblings. Can you draw any conclusions? Can you predict someone’s height by the number of siblings they have? What if you measured arm span? Which is a better predictor of height?

girl with powerpoint

Visualizing Data

Learn to display your data through figures and charts. How does data visualization allow you to interpret your data and draw conclusions? What are its limitations?


Game Show Friday

Review the concepts you learned on the last day of camp with fun, group trivia games.

Photos from 2016

Campers record beam time at UMD gym


Beam time and other data are collected to illustrate the concept of distributions

Group of kids at 2016 Data Detectives Camp

Lunch Time Fun

Through group learning and activities, campers develop friendships over the course of the week

Campers present a final project at 2016 Data Detectives Camp


Weekly activities culminated in group presentations to solve a crime

Group photo on last day of 2016 Data Detectives Camp

Closing Ceremonies

Campers receive certificates of completion from NCHS Director and staff

Supporting Organizations

American Statistical Association

The Joint Program in Survey Methodology

CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp

University of Maryland School of Public Health

Bureau of Justice Statistics