The Island Sandbox borrows from a time when we first learned to use grains of sand to create a world of possibilities fed solely by our imagination. In that sandbox from our childhood, we learned to collaborate with our peers and to learn through play.
The Island Sandbox is focused on fostering an enthusiasm and capacity for innovation and creativity amongst Cape Breton university and college students. Experimentation and curiosity are at the core of what we do!
A diverse catalogue of extra-curricular programming and access to Sandbox staff and resources offer students the opportunity to develop their capacity to:
- work productively on teams,
- communicate effectively with any number of stakeholders,
- build powerful networks,
- engage in creative and human-centred approaches to problem solving.
These are skills that are valuable in any work environment – start-ups, research labs, industry, corporations, family businesses, governments, communities organizations.
The Sandboxes collectively are positioned at the very top of the funnel and truly help students work through “Problem/Opportunity Discovery” and “Idea Validation”. – D.Darren MacDonald – Manager, Island Sandbox
The Island Sandbox is a collaboration between Cape Breton University and the Nova Scotia Community College to serve as a collision space for ideas and innovation. Our primary focus is to help students explore problems/opportunities in the three key areas listed below. However, we are here to assist the community in any way we can to help move Cape Breton forward.
Clean Technology – Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment spearheads Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
New Canadian Entrepreneurship – International Students, Tailored Programs & Support for New Canadians, Building Diverse Communities
Social Entrepreneurship – Sustainable Communities, Cape Breton Culture & Heritage, Social Innovation & Research