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Data Detectives Summer 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, University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, the CDC Museum, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology.


View the 2019 camp flyer [PDF – 1 MB]


Applying to Camp

  • Details on the application process and submission deadlines will be available soon.
  • Up to 30 rising 6th and 7th graders will be selected.
  • Those who have participated previously should not apply this year.
  • There will be an online application to be completed by the student and his or her parent/guardian, as well as, a recommendation form for the student’s math teacher to complete and submit.


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’s 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 Daily  Camp Newsletters

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Class Time

Campers learn about statistics from NCHS scientists.

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Lunch Time Fun

Campers socialize with new friends over lunch break.

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NHANES Trailer Visit

Campers receive a tour of a medical exam trailer.

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Ice Cream Social

Campers enjoy ice cream from the UMD Creamery.

Highlights from previous years

  • 2016 Data Detectives Camp
  • 2017 Data Detectives Camp


Photos from previous years

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 culminate in group presentations to solve a crime.

Group photo on last day of 2016 Data Detectives Camp

Closing Ceremony

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