Half way to West Virginia 12/5/2011
The National Speleological Foundation (NSF) has agreed to fund CaveSim's return transportation to Colorado from the 2012 NSS Convention, MayaCon. Now all we need is help getting to convention is the first place. The NSF was generous enough to fund half of this trip, bringing CaveSim to thousands of convention goers, community members, and teachers across the county. Can you or your grotto help CaveSim with the rest? Contact us.
NSS News article "CaveSim at the 2011 Convention" 11/8/2011
"Crowd digs cave simulator at science carnival" 10/16/2011
245 people explore CaveSim at 2011 CoolScience Festival at UCCS 10/15/2011
Both The Denver Post and The Colorado Springs Gazette newspapers dig CaveSim too! Check out their fun, well-written articles: Gazette article online (full article), Denver Post article online (partial article), Denver Post article pdf (partial article).
CaveSim staff teach kids speleology in Cave of the Winds 10/16/2011
Cavers from CaveSim, Southern Colorado Mountain Grotto, and Catamount Institute gathered Sunday to provide special cave exploration tours at Cave of the Winds. Highlights included vertical (SRT) demonstrations, hands-on cave survey work, bat surveys, and speleogenesis classes. Everyone did a great job today and yesterday; special thanks to SoCoMoGro members Floyd, Patricia, Dan, LP, Mike, Donna, and Jonny. Dave had a great time teaching speleology and speleogenesis (in the pictures below, Dave gets to play with acid).
Dave teaches about corrosion residue and demonstrates acid on limestone. Photos by Emerson Killion.Over 1000 served 10/15/2011
CaveSim has now had over 1000 visitors in one year and eight months! Thank you to all of our visitors.
We had a record number of visitors crawl through CaveSim today, including some repeat customers from the Colorado Springs festival last year who came to check out all that we've added. People can't get enough of CaveSim!
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Kids learn about caves while waiting in line, and excitedly peer into CaveSim. Photos by Bruce Hutchison.
Wanted: Your photos of CaveSim for upcoming NSS News article 7/31/2011
If you have any photos of CaveSim that you're willing to have published in the Convention issue of the NSS News, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name and the names of anyone in the pictures that you can identify. Deadline: September 15, 2011. Thanks!
Unknown fan posts CaveSim pictures on Flickr...
... along with some really funny captions!
New 3D photos by Peter and Ann Bosted on our Photo Gallery page 8/11/2011
Thanks to Peter and Ann Bosted, we now have great 3D photos of CaveSim on our Photo Gallery page. Below is a picture of Ann inspecting a big stal in CaveSim.
3D photo by Peter and Ann Bosted
Glenwood's Post Independent publishes article on Speleolympics 7/24/2011
Glenwood Springs' newspaper, the Post Independent, published a great front-page article on Friday about the Speleolympics and CaveSim. Visit the Post Independent site to read the article, or check out the pdf below:
In addition, we heard some great comments from participants during the week. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback. Check out some of the comments on our Testimonials
Also, we have some final numbers from the Convention. We had 327 visits to CaveSim during the week with an average damage of 8.9 and an average time of 2:49.5. Below is a plot of the data that we recorded (click to enlarge).
Announcing the Speleo Olympics winners for 2011 NSS Convention 7/21/2011
This year's speleo olympics included CaveSim as a new category. Competition started on Monday morning and closed at 1PM today (Thursday). Thanks to everyone who competed, and congratulations to our winners:
Women's: Andrea Corlett from Alberta, Canada with: 0 damage in 1 minute, 28 seconds
Men's: Derek Bristol from Colorado with: 0 damage in 1 minute, 37 seconds
Youth: Philip Weaver with: 0 damage in 0 minutes, 33 seconds
Andrea Corlett receiving prizes from Dave Jackson for being a Speleolympic champion. Photo: Andy Belski
Great turnout for CaveSim at 2011 NSS Convention 7/20/2011
Over 200 people have tried CaveSim in the first three days of the Convention. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, including Peter and Ann Bosted who took 3D photos of the CaveSim formations. Some CaveSim formations are based on Peter and Ann's pictures. Check out the picture of Peter and Ann photographing CaveSim on our Photo Gallery page. We hope to post their 3D CaveSim pictures soon. They are world-renowned for their pioneering work in 3D cave photography, and they have an awesome website.