Why you should bring CaveSim to Dripping Springs High School:
Vertical caving: get hands-on experience with vertical caving gear on a 12' tower. Learn first-hand from expert cavers about their experiences on expeditions to Mexico. Some CaveSim staff have been 1200' (~400m) under ground.
Using mechanical advantage to lift a football player at Austin HS in 2018:
Cave rescue: get hands-on practice with a real cave rescue stretcher. Learn first hand from CaveSim creator Dave Jackson about his experience on cave rescue operations in New York and Alabama.
Above right, a football player at Austin HS gets ready to ride in the stretcher in 2018. Yes, he also did explore the cave!
Mobile cave: explore 60' of cave passage inside the mobile CaveSim cave. The system has computerized scoring, so you get a score based on how carefully you're able to explore the cave. It's like exploring a giant, multi-level version of the game Operation, except it looks like a cave.
Austin HS, 2018:
Bats: learn first-hand about an ongoing crisis in the US. Over 6.7 million bats have died from White Nose Syndrome (WNS), which doesn't get humans sick, but is still devastating for humans: bats control insect populations and pollinate our crops. Learn about WNS with a bat epidemiology hands-on game. It's literally hands-on -- you'll see!
Fire: we have working carbide lamps that we'll light to show you how we (yes, we) used to do cave exploration
Aquifer conservation lessons: we'll talk to you about Austin aquifers and caves, how they relate, and the terrible things that Austin ranchers used to do to the caves (hint: trash). We'll also tell you about how these ranchers have turned their lives around to become conservationists.
Biology lessons: We'll show you a bat skeleton and talking about the crazy thing bats do with their tails (hint: have you ever thrown an M&M in the air and caught it in your mouth?). We'll also talk about rock-eating bacteria and the enzymes they use to break the chemical bonds of limestone.
Below, students in Oklahoma learn about bat biology during a 2018 program.
A rare opportunity: CaveSim is based in Colorado, but we'll be in Austin for a few weeks this February. Take advantage of this cool opportunity while we're around.
Students at Austin High School had so much fun learning and exploring CaveSim that they came to learn more during study hall (Flexible Instruction Time). Photos by Elise Gonzalez, Austin HS, February 2018.