About Us

“The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

—Albert Einstein

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, while some are the brainchild of other creators. We celebrate it all because science literally makes the world go ‘round.

Because everyone loves a good origin story.

Our Story

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) at the University of Rochester, 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 stuffed axolotls and periodic table socks. Because we love those things too. 

We invite curiosity so have a browse and ask us anything. Really. We love to talk shop.

- Amanda Preske, Founder
About Circuit Breaker Labs

Discover The Artistry in Science

Our exclusive Circuit Breaker Labs collection of jewelry, art, decor, and more is handmade from upcycled circuit boards, then packaged and shipped from our Washington, D.C. studio. For something totally unique, we also specialize in custom and corporate orders, creating each item to your specifications. What can we make? The sky’s (virtually) the limit.

Staff Picks

We’re a motley crew of scientists and artists with tastes just as diverse as we are. Here are a few of our favorite things:

Amanda (she/her)

Owner/Founder of
Because Science &
Circuit Breaker Labs

Nerdy by nature but called to create, Amanda revels in finding where science & art merge. When not engrossed in entrepreneurship, Amanda enjoys tropical excursions and shopping at craft shows.

Favorite Product:
Rainbow Necklace 

Shop Favorite

Lea (he/she/they)

Assistant Studio Manager & Illustrator

Lea is a studio assistant and Illustrator with a love for microbiology.  When not in the studio, they can be found playing RPGs and cuddling their dogs. You can check out more of their art at:
www.alyssaproudfoot.com

Favorite Product:
Mini Rainbow Heart
Circuit Board Art

Shop Favorite

Natasha (she/her)

Studio Manager  

Natasha joined the company in June 2021 and has been loving it ever since! She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving and hanging with her dog Bella. She is always crafting and creating.

Favorite Product:
Heart Necklace

Shop Favorite

Trina

Studio Assistant

Trina is a vital team member in the studio and started in June 2021. When she is not in the studio she enjoys hanging with family and her dog Snoop. She can also be found watching her favorite shows and shopping for new shoes!

Favorite Product:
Floppy Disc Coaster Set 

Shop Favorite

Carina

Studio Assistant

“I love to bring my passions of animals and the outdoors to my jewelry design work, especially owls, squirrels and turtles. Ultimately my dream would be to raise environmental awareness through my own collection.”

Favorite Product:
Red Necklace

Shop Favorite

Alex

Studio Assistant

Alex is a talented jewelry designer (SomniumOfAlexRose.etsy.com) and loves learning, experimenting + tinkering. Working with her hands brings her immense peace and she puts a lot of love into everything she does. 

Favorite Product:
Copper Circuit Board Cuff Bracelet

Shop Favorite

Andy

Event Manager

Andy is our event manager at Because Science! She comes from Colombia and is finishing her degree here in the states. She enjoys hanging with friends in her down time.

Favorite Product:
Statistically Significant
Greeting Card

Shop Favorite

Shy

Studio Assistant

Consistently called down to earth, but heads always in the clouds. When not working with circuit boards, Shy enjoys spending time with her cat and boyfriend at home with good movies and good hot chocolate.

Favorite Product:
Maryland Crab Ornament

shop favorite

Mica

Studio Assistant

When not covering himself in paint, Mica loves spending time with his beloved dog Daphne. He can also be found playing board games with friends or enjoying a peaceful evening playing his piano.

Favorite Product:
Saturn Mini Circuit Board Art

Shop Favorite

Jinnelle

Store Assistant

Jinn enjoys listening to music, reading, and snuggling with her cats Elliott & Wednesday.

Favorite Product:
Rainbow Link Bracelet

Shop favorite

Casey Franklin

Marketing Assistant

Casey spends her days hiking and hanging out with woodland creatures- her day job is at a nature center. She loves adventuring outside just as much as she loves relaxing indoors with a book, a recipe, or too much Netflix. She's been a big fan of Amanda's work since middle school.

Favorite product:
Rocket Test Tube Earrings

Shop Favorite

Social Justice & Sustainability

Behind everything we sell is a deeper mission to support minorities in STEM and encourage environmental sustainability.

Social Justice is AweSTEM

As a woman-owned business with a diverse team, we use our platform to champion women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ in STEM in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of budding scientists. 

Learn more about aweSTEM people in our weekly newsletter and on our blog.

Respect for our Planet

Unfortunately there is no shortage of electronic waste on this planet, so we rescue pieces from the trash and transform them into art. If you have e-waste lying around, exchange it for store credit through our Upcycling Program.

Meet the maker
See us in-person

If you're local to the DMV area or Rochester, NY, there's a high probablility you'll run into us at a crafty or science-y event. Take a look at our Event Schedule to see where we'll be.

Where You Might Have Spotted Us…

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COMING fall 2022
Shop Local

You’ve caught us between states. Our Because Science store is opening in Adams Morgan this fall. Check back for opening celebration information or sign up for our newsletter to be notified.

Good news: Our online shop is open 24/7.