Thursday, October 20, 2016

4th Graders learn about landforms using the NCSU Augmented Reality Sand Table

(Click on the Pic to view a short video)

NCSU Sand Table supports
4th Graders' learning about Landforms

What are the 3 major landforms found in North Carolina?  What causes erosion?  Why does rain in one location cause flooding in another?  These are just a few of questions our eighty 4th graders investigated while playing in the sand - the sand that comes in the Augmented Reality (AR) sand table on loan to Northside Elementary School from The Center for Aquatic Ecology Department of North Carolina State University. The AR sand table is used as an education outreach tool built and supported by a grant awarded from Burrough’s Wellcome Fund.

The sand table uses a computer projector and a motion sensing input device (a Kinect 3D Camera) mounted above a box of sand.  As a visitor interacts with the sand in the box, the Kinect detects the distance to the sand below, and a visualization of an elevation model with contour lines and a color map assigned by elevation is cast from an overhead projector onto the surface of the sand.  As visitors move the sand, the Kinect perceives changes in the distance to the sand surface, and the projected colors and contour lines change accordingly.
Rainfall occurs when an object like a hand is sensed at a particular height above the surface of the sand.  The virtual rain appears as a blue, shimmering visualization on the surface below.  The water appears to flow down the slopes to the lower surfaces.  Real models of have been used to base the depiction of water flow.
The AR sandbox’s strongest appeal is the fact that it entices young and old to get involved.  While the concepts and scenarios are kept simple for the younger kids, one can still discuss contour lines, mountains, piedmonts, valleys, damns, watersheds and basic water flow.  The learning experience can include discussions of landforms, elevation, and best land management practices such as retention ponds and swales.  Processes such as erosion, tectonics, and glaciation can even be visualized.  These elements are all principles of geomorphology, hydrology, earth science and environmental studies.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Newest edition of - The Compass - Hot off the Presses!

Look for the first edition of the 2016-2017 school year of our school newspaper on our Northside home website.  You'll find it front and center - at the bottom of our school website.  It's called ""The Compass" and it's filled with art, writing, opinions, facts and very funny jokes.  Check it out today!

Monday, October 17, 2016

2nd Annual Book Pumpkin Contest is back!

    Our 2nd annual book pumpkin contest is back! We are looking forward to the creative ideas our staff and students have in store this year and which book characters will show up in the form of a pumpkin!
Click on this link,, o este,, for the guidelines.

     Pumpkins are to be delivered to the library Monday, October 23 and picked up Monday October 31.  All classes will have an opportunity to peruse the pumpkins and vote on their favorite.  

    To see last year's creative ideas, check out this link: 

Order Your Free Energy Kit!!

Now that we are eligible for our first $250 let’s keep the momentum going. If you have not ordered your free energy kit offered by Duke Energy, go to or call 1855-386-9548 to order to make your order.  Remember, for every 100 families who order, Northside receives $250.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

iNavigate's Fall Glow Dance!

The time has come for iNavigate's Fall Glow Dance. The Glow Dance will take place on October 28th 2016 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gym.All K-2 students must be accompanied by their legal guardian. The cost of the Glow Dance will be $3 per student.This year at the dance we are doing something new. We will be collecting perishable items for our table program.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Northside Spanish Classes Compete for the GOLD!

Spanish Classes Go For the GOLD!
Mrs. Quick's 4th grade class WINS!

Included in our first of the year activities, Northside Elementary School students participated in a keen competition in Ms. Rivera's Spanish classes.  Learning and following classroom rules, staying in the target language and participating were a few of the events in which the students competed.  Mrs. Quick's 4th grade classroom came in 1st Place!  Many thanks to Mrs. Quick for the beautifully done video!