SpatiaLABS are standalone activities designed to promote spatial reasoning and analysis skills. Covering a wide variety of subject matter useful in standard computer-lab sessions and longer term projects, SpatiaLABS illuminate relationships, patterns and complexities while answering provocative questions like "How might visibility have affected political boundaries in ancient civilizations?" or "Is there a connection between ethnicity and exposure to industrial toxins?" or "How worried should I be about the stagnant pond a quarter mile away?"

So what's the role of geographic information systems, GIS, in SpatiaLABS? GIS is merely a tool for revealing those illuminating relationships, patterns and complexities. Students will undoubtedly develop GIS and cartography skills while performing SpatiaLABS, but these are secondary outcomes. SpatiaLABS concentrate on introducing, developing and reinforcing spatial reasoning and analysis skills. Levels of labs

You'll find instructional materials in Microsoft Word and other common formats. Go ahead, change or add self-assessment questions, tweak the context for the analysis, rework the lab to use local data. Customize SpatiaLABS to suit your non-commercial needs.

Contributors: Interested in contributing one of your own activities or exercises to Esri’s collection of SpatiaLABS? Here are some guidelines (view PDF) for how to submit a proposal.

Project Status: April 7, 2014 - all lessons posted.





Download a zipped ISO file for Windows - 1.6 GB(very large) file. Write the ISO file to DVD or use a Windows ISO file reader before installing the entire SpatiaLABS collection (2013).  Options: