Manayunk: Local Science Shop Inspires Learning

Matt Kriebel, owner of Spectrum Scientifics, showed off his shop in Manayunk.

A local science shop in Manayunk provides a fun and unique atmosphere for children and families to learn together.

Matt Kriebel, owner of Spectrum Scientifics, located at 4403 Main St., started the store in 2007 because of his passion for science and learning.

“We have decent products that will help kids to actually learn something. The bottom line is that we are failing to teach our kids science in school. We need to have science in the everyday lives of children and have them truly understand it,” Kriebel said.

Kriebel previously worked at The Franklin Institute as well as Orion Telescopes and Binoculars. Brian Hassinger said he bought a telescope at last Christmas and is very happy with his purchase. The owner is very knowledgeable with telescopes because of his background in the field, Hassinger said.

Spectrum Scientifics, located at 4403 Main St. in Manayunk, brings science to the local community.

Christiane Wuerzinger said her 4-year-old daughter loves going to the store frequently and wants to buy experiments all the time. “Anyone with children should go to the store. It’s like a museum for children,” Wuerzinger said.

The shop also provides nostalgia for college students who remember the scientific kits and gadgets from their own childhood, Kriebel said.

Kriebel is currently working with students at Temple University to start science programs for local youth. He said he hopes to have programs start as early as this summer.


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