11-Apr-2002 -- Having read the report from the first visitors who were here 4 years ago, I was prepared to find the confluence located in the pond pictured below. However, my readings placed the confluence at the edge of the pond. I was able to stand on the exact spot, as you can see from the perfect numbers in the GPS photo.
It rained heavily that the afternoon. By the time the GPS work was completed, I was soaked. Within about 100 feet of the confluence I walked by a large Smiley Face sign. It was near a lawn chair not far from a house, and I wondered if it was intended to mark the confluence. If so, it was well off the coordinates. When I first arrived, I knocked on the door to explain my presence and invite the owners to join me for a photo. Although there were vehicles in the driveway, no one appeared.
This was my second confluence visit. I decided to stop here on my way home to Syracuse from the annual NYSTEA conference at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George where I gave presentations on using GPS and radios in school. In my work as a K12 technology trainer at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES, I work with teachers to find ways to integrate technology into classrrom instruction. This most often means computers and the Internet, but also includes handheld tools like GPS, PDAs, and cameras.
NYSTEA is the professional organization for technology education teachers in New York. Tech Ed teachers instruct students in skills such as woodworking, CAD software, auto mechanics, printing, electronics, etc. The GPS session was well attended. Both the Degree Confluence Project and geocaching were discussed as useful models for student activities for teaching about GPS and mapping software. I'm hoping to interest more teachers in the idea of using GPS with students.