On 29 June PBS ran a piece on Makers and Making hosted by Miles O'Brien. One of the things they emphasize is how making stuff makes science more appealing to kids.
I wasn't able to embed the frame, bu the link above will take you to the video. It runs about 10 minutes. What I find especially interesting is how some "big people" are pointing to this kind of thing as a part of reviving the sagging status of US students in Science and Math.