Sandbox Programming: Doodle Lounge, Smactivities, Natterdays • December, Online, Tuesday, 01. December 2020

Sandbox Programs provide a safe, supportive and collaborative environment to connect through art, storytelling, and STEaM-based projects.

About this Event

Sandbox Programming Ages 8+

Our most frequent and accessible options, Sandbox Programs provide a safe, supportive and collaborative environment for your child to learn, create, and connect.

Location: Online, via Zoom

Attendees will receive an email with their Zoom link.

December 1–18 • Weekdays 3:30-4:20pm CST

There will be no programming December 21-31.

Sandbox programming includes:

Doodle Lounge $50 / per month


Whether it’s pencil and paper or full-scale Photoshop, Doodle Lounge allows participants to meet daily to draw, create, and share artwork via Zoom. Give your child a safe, supported environment to explore their creativity and interests alongside other students on the spectrum and our Doodle Guides. Participants can drop in to create, connect, and collaborate together. Students are encouraged to use whatever materials and technology are available to them. Join us all month long with your monthly subscription.

Natterdays $25 / per session

First and third Friday of each month

Natter-what?! Natter. Days. We know our students love certain topics and could spend hours a day chattering away about their favorite things. Natterdays uses storytelling to help students build confidence during these 50-minute conversations guided by a master storyteller! Your child can practice integrating their interests into conversation using a storytelling format while connecting with and learning from peers in a safe, supported environment. Conversations are designed and overseen by licensed special education professionals and facilitated by community subject matter experts.

Smactivities $25 / per session

Second and fourth Friday of each month

Smactivities—or more formally, Subject Matter Activities—are 50-minute, topic-based live video chat sessions that offer students on the spectrum the chance to dig into a particular topic while engaging in STEaM-based projects and activities. A subject matter expert will lead your child through an activity as they create alongside peers in a safe, supported environment under the guidance of special education professionals. Pet hats…superheroes and alter egos…cartoons…tiny towns. We’ll provide the subject matter inspiration and creative direction, your child will add their own unique spin. Specific details and supply list will be updated closer to the program date.

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Participants are required to:

• Have a consistent system of communication that can be used to engage with others in the community, or have a support person participating with them.

• Have internet access and the ability to open and use the Zoom app preferably on a computer or tablet. (The device should sit stationary on a surface so that students can use their hands to work on their project.)

New to Islands of Brilliance Programming?

Please before signing up for programming. We have an onboarding process to make sure we find the right program for you and/or your child.

Digital Code of Conduct

Every person in the Islands of Brilliance community has the right to feel safe and be safe. We will provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment free from cyber-bullying and harassment. It is our goal to ensure that participants in online environments are happy, confident, and successful digital learners. We expect all members of our community to treat each other with respect and dignity. Cyber bullying and harassment will not be tolerated; such instances will be dealt with in a swift, serious, and appropriate manner. By virtue of your registration, you agree to adhere to the following as a participant in this online workshop experience.

• I will be a willing and supportive participant of the safe environment created by IOB.

• I will not interfere with or be a disruption to other participants.

• I will not distribute inappropriate material including spam or malicious, offensive or harassing material that defames or would offend other people.

• I will not use inappropriate, profane, obscene or aggressive language/drawings.

Waiver and Cancelation Policy

As a condition to my child’s participation in the Islands of Brilliance program, I hereby release and hold harmless Islands of Brilliance, volunteer staff and mentors, and all of their respective owners, employees, agents and representatives, from and against all claims, damages and other liabilities whatsoever, including but not limited to personal injury, illness or property damage, which relate in any way to my child’s participation in the Islands of Brilliance program.

Cancelation Policy

Islands of Brilliance allows cancellations up to 7 days before a workshop for a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee. Cancellations less than 7 days before or during a workshop are non-refundable.

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