High School Programs
Brought right to your campus
Learning embedded in fun
If you’re the kind of teacher who inspires students to love learning, CaveSim programs are for you. These are advanced programs that focus on the specific subject that you teach, brought to you by expert instructors. Because the programs are so engaging and fun, students actually forget that they’re still in class. And because we know that you’re also an expert, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to share your insights and tie to your curriculum during our program. Partner with us to open your students eyes about the joy of learning.
a cave brought to my school?
How does it work?
Our expert staff bring a 26′ trailer to your school with an incredible cave inside. Computer scoring makes the cave extra fun – as students explore, they get a score based on how careful they are to not touch the stalactites. The cave trailer is just one of numerous stations. We also set up an impressive vertical caving tower, a cave rescue stretcher, bat biology lessons, and other hands-on activities. Your students rotate through these stations, learning and having fun at each activity. We work with you to make sure that our program covers the content that you care most about.
Recent high school programs
Choose your focus area
If you’re looking to ensure that specific topics or standards are addressed, we’ll bring you a program that’s closely aligned with what you’re currently teaching. Below are just a few examples of our focused programs. When you book, just tell us what areas you’d like us to focus on, or ask for the standard program (some of every area).
Caves provide excellent context for learning both macro- and microbiology. Students learn about bacteria that use an enzyme to digest limestone, and about the role that extremophiles play in the growth of cave formations. We also use a real bat skeleton and real guano to teach students about adaptations, skeletal morphology, and bat epidemiology. Consider adding Biology Lab and Epidemiology Lab to your program.
Students get hands-on experience with exothermic and acid/base reactions via several carbide lamp demos. We also use a digital balance to demonstrate conservation of matter and limiting reactants with a lab-grade carbide lamp. Geochemistry demos with dilute HCl acid are also included, and cover reversible reactions.
Caving relies on physics, from mechanics in vertical exploration to electromagnetics in ground-penetrating radio. Students use pulley systems on a 12 foot tower, and slice a climbing rope with string, demonstrating the power of friction. Lessons with rescue phones and electronic test equipment (e.g., oscilloscopes) teach electromagnetics. Demos with waterproof speakers show students standing waves and energy conversion.
Students get to design and build mechanical systems to absorb energy associated with a collision. We use our 12 foot tower to rapidly lower water buckets onto a thin board, and students use their mechanical systems to protect the board from cracking. Our Waterproof Flashlight Lab is also very popular.
career & technical education
Our programs are a beneficial addition to a variety of CTE programs, including EMT/SAR classes (our staff includes cave rescue personnel), recreation and park ranger cadet programs, and technology classes. Because the MIT-educated inventor of CaveSim leads our programs, students have the opportunity to learn from an entrepreneurial engineer.
history and art
Caves offer valuable lessons in both history and art. They contain the earliest art, offering a glimpse into how our ancestors thought and lived. The development of written language is rooted in symbols found in caves around the globe. In recent times, caves played crucial roles in US history. Our staff share insights that help your students see connections between classroom learning and the world.
Add a lab to your program
Standard programs can be enhanced by adding our labs, which provide an in-depth educational experience in a specific subject, like biology or engineering. We never use kits because our goal is to teach students that engineering and science are accessible to them without the use of pre-prepared materials. We emphasize conservation by using recycled materials in our engineering labs.
WaterProof Flashlight Lab
Cave Formation lab
Waves & Energy Lab
Additional resources for high schools
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It’s easy to have CaveSim come to your school. Just pick a location on campus that you think will work and tell us where to set up. Use the info below to help you pick a good location.
Typically 30-150 students per day. For over 150 students, we do multi-day programs. We also recommend a multi-day program if you would like us to include labs.
We usually teach full-day programs. Students participate in groups (typically 1-2 classes at a time). Each group participates for about 60-90 minutes, depending on your learning and schedule needs. For smaller schools, we can do as much as three hours of teaching with one group.
Yes, absolutely. Some of our best programs have been at high schools. We tailor the program to align closely with what you’re teaching.
We align our program closely with what you are teaching. Our program covers biology (macro and micro), chemistry, physics (mechanics and electromagnetics), physical education, geology, statistics and epidemiology, art and art history, and US history. Please talk with us about the subjects that you would like us to cover.
We usually teach most of the program outside (with the lab portion inside). In bad weather, many of our activities can be set up inside. The cave always stays in the trailer, and we put up tents to shelter the students. In very severe weather (heavy rain, high winds), we will close the cave and do all of our activities inside. The cave does have heat and AC. See our setup info sheet for more details.
The cave was originally built as a rescue training device for firefighters. Most high school students will have no trouble going through the cave. For physically larger students, the cave contains accommodations, including several emergency exits. The program contains many different activities, so students who do not feel comfortable doing the cave can participate in many other activities. We teach the Challenge By Choice philosophy.
Yes, it has both, and they work quite well.
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