Data Detectives Camp 2019

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Detectives Summer Camp is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 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 specifically cover statistical concepts developed during grades 6th and 7th and help to 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, CDC Museum, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Joint Program in Survey Methodology and University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.

View the 2019 camp flyer pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]

Applying to Camp

  • Applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Submission deadline was April 19, 2019.
  • Decisions will be emailed to parent / guardian by May 13, 2019.
Camp Information
Dates: August 5 – 9th, 2019
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
Drop off is 8:30 – 9:00 am
Pick up is 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Eligibility: Children entering 6th or 7th grade in the fall of 2019
Cost: There is no fee for registering or attending the Camp
Location: NCHS – Headquarters
(Metro 4 Building)
3311 Toledo Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782 Directions
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    To be completed by the parent / guardian and the camp applicant.

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     To be completed by a current math teacher. If this is not possible (e.g., due to
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Data Detectives Camp 2018

This was the third year of the NCHS Data Detectives Camp. For the first time, the camp was held at NCHS  headquarters in Hyattsville, Maryland and ran from August 13 – 17 from 9-4 pm daily. About 15 scientists, professors, and staff from NCHS, the American Statistical Association, University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, and other organizations helped to develop the camp logistics and curricula. In 2018, over 100 children nationwide applied for 30 seats.

  View the 2018 Daily Camp Newsletters

Class Time
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Campers learn about statistics from NCHS scientists.

Lunch Time Fun
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Campers socialize with new friends over lunch break.

NHANES Trailer Visit
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Campers receive a tour of a medical exam trailer.

Ice Cream Social
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Campers enjoy ice cream from the UMD Creamery.

Photos from previous years

Campers record beam time at UMD gym

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

Lunch Time Fun
Group of kids at 2016 Data Detectives Camp

Through group learning and activities, campers develop friendships.

Campers present a final project at 2016 Data Detectives Camp

Weekly activities culminate in group presentations to solve a crime.

Closing Ceremony
Group photo on last day of 2016 Data Detectives Camp

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

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

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