SpatialSTEM
– Seminar,
Workshop and Teaching Materials for Understanding Gridbased Map Analysis

…developing
the underlying theory, practice and application of spatial data analysis and
reasoning skills for collegelevel instruction in science, technology, engineering and math programs. by Joseph K. Berry Adjunct Faculty in Geosciences, Department of Geography,
University of Denver Adjunct Faculty in Natural Resources, Colorado State
University Principal, Berry and Associates // Spatial Information
Systems Email: jberry@innovativegis.com —
Website: www.innovativegis.com/basis/

Spatial Analysis and
Statistics form a relatively new set of tools for quantitative analysis that
cuts across a multitude of disciplines and applications. At its foundation is the perspective that “maps are numbers first and foremost,
pictures later” and that there is a comprehensive “mapematics”
extending traditional mathematics and statistics as a means to better
understand spatial patterns and relationships.
These fundamental analysis tools build upon the STEM foundation in a
manner analogous to statistics and matrix algebra as extensions to traditional
mathematics at the turn of the last century.
Click on the links below for information describing a seminar and
workshop on map analysis concepts, considerations and procedures.
Paper, Seminar and Workshop Descriptions:

25 minute Paper Presentation – SpatialSTEM: A Mathematical/Statistical Framework for
Understanding and Communicating Gridbased Map Analysis and Modeling
briefly
describes the
primary considerations supporting the SpatialSTEM approach. (PowerPoint, Paper)

50 minute General Seminar – SpatialSTEM:
A Mathematical Structure for
Teaching Fundamental Concepts in Spatial Reasoning, Map Analysis and Modeling describes the idea of SpatialSTEM for teaching spatial
reasoning, map analysis and modeling fundamentals within a
mathematical/statistical framework that resonates with science, technology,
engineering and math/stat communities. (PowerPoint,
Paper)

Four contact hour Workshop (4 sessions) – Making
a Case for SpatialSTEM – Infusing Spatial Analysis and Statistics
into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education at the College Level a workshop
developing the underlying theory, practice and application of spatial data
analysis and reasoning skills for collegelevel instructors in science,
technology, engineering and math programs.
Participants receive a copy of the instructor’s book Map Analysis: Understanding Spatial
Relationships and Understanding, extensive set of links to online
readings, PowerPoint slide sets, MapCalc Learner software, databases and
example application models that they can “tweak” for use in their classes. All
materials are royalty free and can be edited and freely disseminated.

Front matter
for workbook (Workbook section)

Session 1 Overview of Map Analysis/Mapping (Workbook
section, PowerPoint)

Session 2 Data Structure and Analyzing Geographical Context (Math) (Workbook
section, PowerPoint)

Session 3 Analyzing Numerical Context (Stat) and
Spatial Modeling (Workbook section, PowerPoint)

Session 4 Future Directions of Map Analysis/Modeling
(Workbook section, PowerPoint)

Short paper
for background reading (Workbook section)

(Optional
additional 4hours) Handson Exercises
and Lecture/Lab Materials Development
(Workbook sections, PowerPoints)
Online Reading:

A Math/Stat
Framework for Gridbased Map Analysis and Modeling — Topic
30 in the Beyond Mapping III online book in the threepart compilation series
of the Beyond Mapping columns published in GeoWorld since 1989.

Making
a Case for SpatialSTEM: Spatial Considerations in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics Education — a 15page white paper describing
a framework for gridbased map analysis and modeling concepts and procedures as
direct spatial extensions of traditional mathematics and statistics

SpatialSTEM: Extending Traditional
Mathematics and Statistics to Gridbased Map Analysis and Modeling — white paper describing an innovative
approach for teaching map analysis and modeling fundamentals within a
mathematical/statistical context

Further SpatialSTEM
Readings — a comprehensive appendix to the
SpatialSTEM “extended readings” with URL links to over 125 additional readings
on the gridbased map analysis/modeling
concepts, terminology, considerations and procedures described in the papers on
SpatialSTEM

Math/Stat
Classification of Spatial Analysis and Spatial Statistics Operations (MapCalc
by Basis) — white paper
listing MapCalc operations by
traditional mathematics and statistics categories

Math/Stat
Classification of Spatial Analysis and Spatial Statistics Tools (Spatial
Analyst by Esri) — white
paper listing Spatial Analyst module
operations by traditional mathematics and statistics categories

Beyond Mapping Compilation Series — a compilation of nearly two hundred “Beyond
Mapping” columns appearing in GeoWorld 1989 to 2013 organized into three online
books.

Online
Papers — a listing of numerous online papers
discussing Geotechnology issues and Map Analysis/Modeling concepts, procedures
and practice. Of particular relevance is
an 80page chapter in the ASPRS Manual of Geographic
Information Systems entitled GIS Modeling and Analysis.

Royalty
Free Teaching Materials — links to instructional
materials to include lecture PowerPoints, readings, exercises and MapCalc
software for gridbased map analysis and modeling supporting a variety of
teaching environments

GIS Modeling
Course Materials
by Joseph K. Berry,
all of the supporting materials (PowerPoint, Software, Exercises, Exams,
Projects)
needed for an Upper Division/Graduate
college course (2011)
About
the Instructor: Joseph K. Berry is a leading consultant and educator in the application
of Geographic Information Systems (
For more
information about these offerings and scheduling a seminar and/or workshop for
your organization,
please
contact the instructor at jberry@innovativegis.com.