Data Detectives Camp

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The National Center for Health Statistics(NCHS) Data Detectives Camp is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (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 has been a virtual camp since 2020. 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!

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

We are offering two sessions a day. Please note that students will have to stay in their chosen session for the duration of the camp.

Applying to the Camp

  • Up to 15 rising 6th and 7th graders will be selected per session to participate in this 1-week virtual camp.
  • If you are interested, please download and complete the Application Form below.
  • Send completed application form to datadetectives@cdc.gov.
  • Applications will be accepted through May 30.
  • Decisions will be e-mailed to parent/guardian by the week of June 20.
  • Those who have participated previously should not apply this year.
Application Form

To be completed by the parent / guardian and the camp applicant.

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Camp Information
Table
Date/Time: August 8–12, 2022
Session 1—9AM–11AM (EST)
Session 2—1PM–3PM (EST)
Eligibility: Children entering 6th or 7th grade
Location: Online through Zoom video conferencing
Cost: There is no fee for registering or attending the camp
Online camp
requirements:
  • An online accessible electronic device (e.g., Mac or Windows PC, or Tablet)
  • Webcam
  • Stable Internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing
Contact: datadetectives@cdc.gov

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
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
Game Show 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

In Partnership with:

  • American Statistical Association
  • CDC Museum
  • University of Maryland, Joint Program in
    Survey Methodology
  • University of Maryland, Social Data Science Center
  • University of Maryland, School of Public Health
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Department of Justice
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