Franklin students look forward to the annual visit to their school by Jeff the Geode Guy!
Jeff is a geologist who lives in the North Hills and has been educating students all over the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years, sharing with them his love of geodes.
The Geode Guy has made many trips to the geode mine in Mexico and he shows the students photos and videos of where the geodes come from and how they are formed from air bubbles in volcanoes.
The students get to see how the geodes are mined by watching Jeff and his family get lowered into the mine shaft and chip away at the rocks in the wall. Jeff has the geodes shipped to his house where he cuts and polishes the solid stones and sorts out the hollow ones.
His geodes are so famous in the area that he has a display at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh.
During his visit, Franklin students feel like they are flying on the plane from Pittsburgh to El Paso, Texas, and then riding into Mexico with the geode mine hosts. Additionally, they are given an opportunity to examine artifacts and purchase their own geode that they crack open for the first time.
It's a great learning experience for the students. Please click here
to see some photos from the Geode Guy's 2019 visit to Franklin.