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What will I do at camp? 

You will work with statisticians and research scientists to learn about statistical concepts that you may have already learned or will be learning in grades 6 and 7. Through a variety of activities, group projects, and computer programs, you will learn to think like a data detective by asking the right questions, collecting the needed information, analyzing data, and displaying results. Daily activities will revolve around a single concept that will be explored through hands-on group activities, including distribution and outliers, comparisons, bivariate associations, data visualizations, presentations, and game shows.

What are the dates and times?

Camp will take place at the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland at the end of July 2024 (dates yet to be determined). It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST daily. Camp staff will meet you at the camp drop-off location beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick up will be from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST

What is the cost?

The camp is free; there is no fee for registering or attending. However, campers must bring their own lunch and water bottle daily. Two snacks will be provided each day.

Who should apply?

Students entering 6th or 7th grade in the Fall of 2024 and who are interested in math or science should apply.

How do I apply?  Please check back in March 2024. 

Visit our website at Applying to the camp to download the application form. Parents and guardians will need to complete one section, and students will complete a section by telling us about their favorite math concept, equation, or number, and providing reasons for their selection. The student’s math or science teacher must complete the Teacher Recommendation Form.

Can students participate in camp again this year?

Unfortunately, students can only attend camp one time. Lots of potential detectives apply each year, and space is limited. Additionally, we teach one comprehensive curriculum covering the same materials each year.

Conducted by:

The National Center for Health Statistics, CDC
Camp Director, Dr. Ryne Paulose, Director of Operations, Juliana McAllister, and Director of Statistics, Dr. Gladys Martinez

In Partnership with:
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School of Public Health
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CDC Museum
NCES, National Center for Education Statistics

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