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?"

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 your own activities to SpatiaLABS? Here are guidelines (view PDF) for submitting a proposal.

The SpatiaLABS collection includes 26 independent activities, a set of 15 business/marketing activities, and a set of 16 forestry activities. 

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This is a set of four modules with 16 labs designed to be used together.

  1. Forestry Inventory
  2. Forest Analysis Techniques
  3. Assessing Clearcutting Activities
  4. Calculating Forest Values


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).