Geodude Corner

Patrick McAndless, aka Geodude, is a veteran industry geologist and valued MineralsEd rock star. In his retirement, Mr. McAndless has devoted his energy and attention to education of youth, from post-secondary to elementary, sharing his passion for Earth Science and mining and inspring young people to be the best they can be. 

Mr. McAndless is a knowledgeable and engaging speaker who has a growing repertoire of classroom presentations, each adapted to 60-90-minute period depending on the class schedule. 

  • Careers in Mining


    Careers in Mining is developed for secondary level. It gives a big picture introduction to the mine development cycle and the breadth of careers related to mining, the energy sector and the environmental industry. Students will also learn a set of practical tools to prepare them for the next step in their journey, whether higher education or working. This presentation is an appropriate complement to Geography 12, Geology 12 and Earth Science 11 and 12 classes. Careers in Mining may be presented as a Webinar to distant schools via Skype.

  • Rocks to Rockets


    Rocks to Rockets is developed for Grade 4-5-6-7 classes that are doing mining or Earth Science units. It provides a snapshot of Earth history, a review of the rock cycle, a fabulous tie to mining via an introduction to the (funky and sought after) elements that are commonly the target of mining and key ingredients in the things that make our world go around.

  • Its About Time


    Its About Time explores the concept of time as it applies to our Earth and the application and techniques to measure it. The presentation takes the class back in time to the beginnings of life on Earth and how it evolved from single cell organisms to present day plants and animals. They will see examples of human evolution and some of the important civilizations that contributed to our modern era. From the early beginnings of man some 6 million years ago in Africa, the presentation will bring the rich culture and artifacts from the Mesopotamian to Inca civilizations.

Request a visit by completing the form below. Specify in the notes, if you are requesting a Geodude Webinar. Registration is currently closed for the summer. Bookings for the 2018-2019 school year begin Oct. 1.