About Us

About Us

Established in 2016, Data Detectives Camp is a STEM-based camp that teaches statistics to rising 6th- and 7th-grade students.

The camp is conducted by NCHS, which is part of CDC, in collaboration with the American Statistical Association, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CDC Museum Disease Detectives Camp, National Center for Education Statistics, University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland School of Public Health, and University of Maryland Social Data Science Center.

Statistics and probability concepts are included in K–12 curriculum standards, particularly the Common Core State Standards. This camp offers children an opportunity to learn new statistical concepts and reinforce concepts they have already learned through fun, hands-on group activities. Camp activities will cover concepts developed in grades 6 and 7 and will teach kids to think like a Data Detective: Ask the right question, collect the needed information, analyze the data, and display the results.

After operating virtually during 2020–2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the camp resumed in-person sessions in 2023 and was held as a 1-week, all-day summer camp. In 2024, the camp is being held in two locations: Atlanta, Georgia and Hyattsville, Maryland.


Dr. Ryne Paulose, Camp Director
Christine Jones, Director of Communication
Dr. Gladys Martinez, Director of Statistics
Juliana McAllister, Director of Operations


The Data Detectives Camp is conducted by NCHS in collaboration with various statistical organizations, universities, and federal agencies. These partnerships are invaluable for developing and growing the camp. Partner contributions vary, but include assisting with developing lectures and extracurricular activities, providing camp space, funding camp materials, serving as camp counselors, and much more.

The Data Detectives wordmark and the Data Detectives design mark are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unauthorized use of the marks is strictly prohibited.