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Lakeway Elementary School, Austin, TX

The teachers at this school asked to schedule us again for next year even before our program with them was over!  A huge thanks to Patti Calabrese and Amy Morton for helping to staff this program.

Texas Caver Reunion, San Antonio, TX, 3-day event

Our third year bringing CaveSim to TCR was very successful.  Many seasoned cavers had fun exploring the cave, and so did some brand new cavers (both kids and adults).  A huge thank-you to the caving clubs (grottos) and individuals who sponsored our trip to Texas.

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

We had beautiful weather and wonderful visitors during our first program at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.  Photos by Dolores Davis.

 

Kids have fun learning physics on the CaveSim A-frame (vertical caving tower).

 

Visitor center founder Lyda Hill, general manager Linda Carter, and special guest Kelli Harris stand with CaveSim owner and inventor Dave Jackson after Lyda explored CaveSim.

Woodland Park Old Fashioned 4th of July

We were thrilled to be able to bring CaveSim to this wonderful event for the fourth consecutive year.  We had great weather and very strong turnout.  Our visitors were grateful for our new air conditioning!

 

Profoundly Gifted Retreat, Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs

CaveSim founder Dave Jackson (left) belays a participant as she hoists herself up the vertical caving tower.  Photo by David Coleman.

We love bringing our programs to this special retreat for very gifted kids and their families.  This was our fourth consecutive year with PGR, and we had a wonderful time facilitating our STEM labs, including our cave biology lab (with real live cultures), our waterproof flashlight lab, our epidemiology lab, and physics on the 12′ vertical caving tower.  We also had the opportunity to demonstrate conservation of mass using our carbide demo.

Jewel Cave 200th Mile Celebration, Custer, SD, June 27-29

What a cool place to set up CaveSim, overlooking the beautiful Pactola Lake near Custer. Photo by Andrea Fountain, Black Hills Parks & Forests Association.

Dave helps two participants learn about vertical caving using the Frog System on the CaveSim vertical caving tower.  Photo by Andrea Fountain, Black Hills Parks & Forests Association.

National Speleological Society convention, Cookeville, TN, June 17-21

It was such an honor for CaveSim founder Dave Jackson to have his high school science teacher visit to see what CaveSim is all about.  Dr. John Moyle is an amazing educator, conservationist, and wonderful human being.

It was also a great honor for us to receive the NSS Group Award for Conservation, announced and presented by Val Hildreth-Werker.

Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, TN, June 6-9

We were so glad to be able to celebrate National Cave & Karst Day at this wonderful show cave.  We had very challenging weather (gobs of rain), but we kept CaveSim open the whole time.

Cresson Elementary School, Cripple Creek, CO

This was our sixth consecutive year bringing CaveSim to this wonderful school.  The weather was so severe that the fire department packed up their demonstration and went home, but we stayed.  The kids are hearty and didn’t mind the freezing fog.

Above, the students were all smiles after exploring CaveSim.  It was the last day of school, but we snuck in plenty of learning!  Below, students exploring the mobile cave.  Photos by Dave Jackson.

 

Above, students learn first-hand about pulleys and mechanical advantage on the 12′ CaveSim A-frame.  Below, kids learn some basic circuits concepts while having fun with the cave rescue telephones.  Photos by Dave Jackson.