CaveSim Comes to Science Museum Oklahoma, April 27-28
Oklahoma City metro residents with an interest in cave exploration can get a free, hands-on experience with the hobby April 27-28 when CaveSim returns to Science Museum Oklahoma.
The museum will host a two-day caving experience with the Colorado-based company that teaches people how to cave safely and responsibly through CaveSim’s crawl-through electronic cave simulator. The mobile cave experience will be located near the entrance to the museum and is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
"I'm so excited to be bringing CaveSim back to Science Museum Oklahoma for our third visit. If you've seen CaveSim before, I hope you'll come back to check out the great new things we've added, including a hands-on vertical caving activity that teaches kids all about pulleys and simple machines,” said CaveSim creator Dave Jackson.
“And just like at previous programs, we'll have our mobile cave outside the front entrance of the museum. Kids of all ages will love exploring 60 feet of cave passage filled with stalactites and other cave formations.”
When a caver enters CaveSim, video game-style scoring begins. The object is to avoid touching any of its cave formations — a computer keeps track of how many times each formation is bumped.
The idea for CaveSim was born in 2008 while Jackson was taking a cave search and rescue class. The class was taught in a real cave, and he noted how much damage was caused to fragile cave formations in the process. He thought there was a better way.
In addition to the 60 feet of mobile cave passage, the CaveSim experience will include fire and ice demonstrations with calcium carbide, a cave rescue stretcher, bat lessons and games, hands-on geology, and more.
Jackson and the CaveSim team will be on hand to facilitate each of the elements.
Located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City, Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission for Science Museum Oklahoma is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $105.
For more information about CaveSim, visit www.cavesim.com.
For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org.