Data Detectives Camp

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The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Detectives Camp is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) camp that focuses on statistics for rising 6th and 7th grade students.

The camp has been conducted annually since 2016 as a commuter camp, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll be holding our second virtual camp. This 1-week, 2-hour-a-day camp is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls to learn about the basics of statistics through a variety of fun, hands-on activities!

Data Detectives Camp activities cover statistical concepts to help teach kids to think like a data detective: by asking the right questions, collecting needed information, analyzing the data, and determining the answer.

This year, we’ll be holding two sessions a day to allow more students to participate. Please note that students will have to stay in their chosen session for the duration of the camp.

Applying to the Camp

  • Applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Submission deadline was June 30.
  • Up to 15 rising 6th and 7th graders will be selected per session to participate in this 1-week virtual camp.
  • Decisions will be e-mailed to parent/guardian by the week of July 12.
Camp Information


Date/Time: August 2–6, 2021
Session 1 – 9AM-11AM (EST)
Session 2 – 1PM-3PM (EST)
Eligibility: Children entering 6th or 7th grade
Location: Via online through Zoom video
Cost: There is no fee for registering or attending the camp
Online camp
  • An online accessible electronic device, (e.g., Mac or Windows PC, or Tablet
  • Webcam
  • Stable Internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing

Sample of Camp Activities

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

Distributions and Outliers
Distributions and Outliers

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

Comparisons and Predictions
Comparisons and Predictions

Collect data to draw comparisons between variables, such as number of siblings and arm span. Can you draw any conclusions? Which is a better predictor of height?

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 Day
Game Day Friday

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

Conducted by: National Center for Health Statistics, Camp Director Dr. Ryne Paulose

Page last reviewed: July 1, 2021, 09:40 AM