BecauseScienceDC

Washington D.C.'s Science Gift Shop

Washington, D.C.

Announcement    Because Science is Washington D.C.'s coolest science gift shop! Coming to the Adams Morgan neighborhood in November, you can also shop with us online!

Because Science is a love letter to all things STEM, particularly the fusion of art and science. A lot of the products you’ll find here and in our shop are handmade in our very own design lab. We celebrate it all because science literally makes the world go ‘round.

Because Science est. 2021, is the next step in founder Amanda Preske's vision to share the wonder of art + science. She also owns Circuit Breaker Labs (IRL and here on Etsy, http://CircuitBreakerLabs.etsy.com) which transforms broken electronics into art, decor, and jewelry. The Because Science physical retail store coming to Adams Morgan will stock an entire range of science-inspired gifts, apparel, stationery, and decor. On Etsy, we're only permitted to sell items we've made so this shop is a reflection of that.

Feel free to reach out to us: Email: info [!at] BecauseScienceDC.com Call/text: (571) 549-8028 Web: BecauseScienceDC.com

To our international shoppers: We only ship orders to USA addresses on Etsy. Please shop on our website at BecauseScienceDC.com to place an order to addresses outside the USA; we ship worldwide.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 11, 2022

Because Science is Washington D.C.'s coolest science gift shop! Coming to the Adams Morgan neighborhood in November, you can also shop with us online!

Because Science is a love letter to all things STEM, particularly the fusion of art and science. A lot of the products you’ll find here and in our shop are handmade in our very own design lab. We celebrate it all because science literally makes the world go ‘round.

Because Science est. 2021, is the next step in founder Amanda Preske's vision to share the wonder of art + science. She also owns Circuit Breaker Labs (IRL and here on Etsy, http://CircuitBreakerLabs.etsy.com) which transforms broken electronics into art, decor, and jewelry. The Because Science physical retail store coming to Adams Morgan will stock an entire range of science-inspired gifts, apparel, stationery, and decor. On Etsy, we're only permitted to sell items we've made so this shop is a reflection of that.

Feel free to reach out to us: Email: info [!at] BecauseScienceDC.com Call/text: (571) 549-8028 Web: BecauseScienceDC.com

To our international shoppers: We only ship orders to USA addresses on Etsy. Please shop on our website at BecauseScienceDC.com to place an order to addresses outside the USA; we ship worldwide.

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About BecauseScienceDC

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Science Gifts, Solved.

Ever since I was a kid, art and science have battled for my attention. At the age of 14, I started Beadwork by Amanda to sell my jewelry at craft shows, mostly because my creative output exceeded my family’s capacity for “just one more piece.”

But when it came to academics, science stole my heart, and I took it all the way to a chemistry PhD—in semiconductors, no less! You can probably guess where this story is headed…

I discovered broken circuit boards in the lab while attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and decided to experiment by casting them in resin to create pendants. The result was striking, and craft show customers fell in love with the interplay between art and science. Circuit Breaker Labs was born.

As interest grew, my days were spent synthesizing quantum dots (tiny semiconductor crystals) while nights were all about perfecting my artistic process.

This is the part of the story where both paths converge.

After successfully defending my PhD thesis in 2016, I directed all my energy toward growing the business. We are now one of the most prolific creators of handmade and custom circuit board art in the world, and it’s all made in our Washington, D.C. studio.

In 2021 we expanded the business to celebrate all STEM disciplines, not just the “T,” so Circuit Breaker Labs is now an exclusive product line within our broader Because Science store. Here you’ll find our handmade jewelry alongside laser cut uteruses and periodic table keychains. Because we love making those things too.

Shop members

  • Amanda

    Owner

    Nerdy by nature but called to create, Amanda revels in finding where science & art merge.

  • Natasha

    Assistant

    Tash keeps the studio organized and on-schedule.

  • Alyssa

    Shipper, Designer

    Alyssa gets your orders shipped out! And she makes really awesome illustrations.

  • Mica

    Assistant

    Mica helps keep our equipment running!

  • Carina

    Assistant

    Carina helps keep our jewelry in order!

Production partners

  • A print shop

    Lincoln Park, RI

    Printing Service

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