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I know intuitively just how important it is. I've seen my own sons learn and grow with the projects they've been working on. Agency by Design is a multi-year research project that is specifically looking at maker-centered learning practices. They released a whitepaper of their initial findings in January 2015. Their big takeaway articulated what I've been seeing since I've started. While kids who are making are definitely learning about the science and technologies behind their projects, "... the most salient benefits of maker-centered learning for young people have to do with developing a sense of self and a sense of community that empower them to engage with and shape the designed dimension of their world." That's pretty powerful stuff! Follow our blog this summer to see more information on what "making" is, why it's important to make with kids, and how to get started.