By inviting high school students to engage in Boise State’s MakerLab, Donovan hopes to encourage high school students to have a say in creating their own high school’s maker space.
“I think we should foster ‘design thinking,’ a process that deals with empathy and distilling and channeling ideas to fill a need. I think programs should be created by students who engage in it. I want to say to them: you created this space, now come join!”
Donovan is an avid gamer.
“Success is failure, you do something wrong and you learn from it,” said 2017 Ethos Project Symposium Speaker Donovan Kay. Graduating in May with a degree in psychology, Donovan is also involved at Boise State as the Community Engagement Officer of the Creative Technologies Association. The CTA is located in the Albertson’s Library MakerLab, which fosters experimental learning with new technology. The space is also known for housing 3D printers accessible to students, workshops, and many more resources for creation and design.
Donovan wants to promote maker spaces not only as innovative, collaborative resources, but as places to succeed through the willingness to fail. He notes the value of Boise State University’s MakerLab, and aims to bring such a resource to high school students by inviting them to join in on MakerLab collaborative projects. His goal is to continue a conversation that encourages high schools to create their own maker spaces. With the success of Centennial High’s library maker space and Eagle High’s emerging maker space, Donovan believes in the potential to extend inclusive, collaborative, and innovative learning environments.