At the root of problem solving is a sense of agency. The impetus to engage with a problem starts with a sense that it's possible to reshape something by directing one's actions purposefully. In this article, Agency by Design researchers Shari Tishman and Edward Clapp explore the ways in which practices connected to maker-centered learning increase students' sense of being capable of shaping their world through tinkering, designing, building, and redesigning objects or systems. They identify skills teachers should nurture to increase students’ feeling of agency, build students’ sensitivity to design and empower them to find and solve problems.