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Because Science: How a new DC shop is blending science with art

Not only can you buy STEM-themed products at Because Science, but you can also help protect the environment.

WASHINGTON — We first introduced you to Amanda Preske, the founder of "Because Science", back in September. With a knack for science and a love of art, Amanda created her first business "Beadwork by Amanda" at the age of 14. She continued creating art in various forms throughout her education. Including her time at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Amanda describes her days as being spent "synthesizing quantum dots (tiny semiconductor crystals) at the University of Rochester, while nights were all about perfect my artistic process."

After defending her Ph.D. thesis in 2016, Amanda focused her energy on growing her business. Up until this past November, she was running "Because Science" out of her basement in Capitol Heights. But now, her interactive store and studio in Adams Morgan is home to all sorts of STEM-related gifts, goodies and activities!

"Because Science" will soon be launching its Craft Lab, but in the meantime, you can still take part in rotating activities, events and free drop-in projects like snowflake making, origami, paper airplane engineering and more. You can also experience science hands-on using their digital microscope. 

Credit: Because Science

And if you want to do your part in protecting the environment...make sure your electronic waste doesn't end up in a landfill! You can bring your old e-waste to "Because Science" and they'll turn it into art. For a full list of what's accepted just click here

You can visit "Because Science" daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at 1759 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC 20009.

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