Spatial Thinking in the STEM Classroom

Due to low enrollment, this class will be rescheduled for later in 2017

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The Spatial Thinking in the STEM Classroom workshop is in response to the explosion of geospatial technologies in the workforce, such as web maps and location based services, it is important to introduce students to this field early to encourage student development in spatial reasoning, geospatial technology use, and software customization and development. The proposed outreach will support the introduction of not only geospatial technologies, but data from other STEM fields (specifically focusing on climate change and sustainability) as examples of the use of these technologies in an array of disciplines.

Esri, one of the leaders in the geospatial technologies field, has strongly supported the ConnectED initiative by pledging to provide K-12 schools with free organizational accounts to their web-based ArcGIS Online mapping software. In addition, multiple Geography associations are encouraging participation in the GeoMentors program which links K-12 and outreach educators with professionals and faculty in the geospatial technologies field. By supporting teacher access to the tools and resources available through the ConnectED and GeoMentors initiatives and introducing students to spatial thinking skills, students will learn to visualize the world around them encouraging active participation in their community and the world at-large.

The tentative workshop schedule includes:

  • Introductions
  • Introduction spatial thinking and mapping
  • Introduction to ArcGIS Online
    • ConnectED
  • Maps and StoryMaps
  • Geospatial data and accessing through AGO
  • Making your own map
  • Gathering data with Collector for ArcGIS
  • Creating lessons with ArcGIS Online
    • Viewing maps
    • Creating maps


If you need an accommodation to access the program and/or program materials, please contact Nathan Phillippi at 910.775.4361 no later than five business days prior to the program. However, a good faith effort will be made for any request made less than five days in advance.