Making chemistry visual and relevant
Viziscience® was designed to support the teaching of key concepts and help underpin curriculum topics in an engaging, structured and effective way. We believe that an interactive approach of “show” rather than “tell” will help many students master science concepts and topics that too often seem harder than they really are.
One of our objectives was to provide intuitive learning solutions where students don’t have to spend time figuring out how to operate the package, but instead spend all their time exploring and learning. We wanted to make the learning process feel natural and at the same time be integrated with technology in order to foster a proactive learning approach whilst encouraging students to take ownership of their learning process.
Many teachers and students have been involved in our journey and their input has been crucial to help shape the Viziscience® platform. We are very grateful for their help, suggestions and ideas that continue to inspire us in the project. We want to continue our vision to provide innovative STEM education solutions for both students and teachers.
Recognizing our key contributors
A number of people have been instrumental to the development of Viziscience® and we are very thankful for their skills, knowledge, insight and hard work that has been invaluable getting the project to where it is now.
Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, England. Her career has included computer programming, systems development, and data analysis for the aerospace, finance, and education industries. However, she always had a passion for art and combined this with her technical skills to develop websites. Margaret’s mix of artistic and technical skills has underpinned the development of Viziscience®.
Andrew graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in chemistry in 2017, and from Colorado School of Mines with an M.S. in nuclear science & engineering in 2019. He’s been teaching and tutoring chemistry since high school, when he was the top first-year chemistry student in southwest Connecticut. During undergrad, he became interested in nuclear chemistry and continued studying it during grad school. His master’s thesis was on the chemistry of trivalent f-elements, including both lanthanides and actinides up to Californium (Z=98).
Dr. Cristina Mottillo
Cristina Mottillo is a post-doctoral researcher at McGill University in the laboratory of Prof. Tomislav Friščić, where she obtained her PhD in 2016, and also co-founder of the spin-off company ACSYNAM. She was awarded the 2017 CUCC Doctoral Award for the best chemistry PhD thesis in Canada. Her research includes exploring solid-state reactivity for producing porous metal-organic materials.
Dr. Paul Stanish
Paul obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from Carleton University.
Ryan Heck has extensive experience working in scientific research as well as teaching scientific concepts to students. He has a B.S. in chemistry and biology and is passionate about making science understandable and exciting for everyone.
Brandon is a student at The University of Texas at Austin class of 2022 studying for a career in bioinformatics and more generally software engineering. He enjoys playing the saxophone and is part of the Longhorn marching band.