“Education is a journey, and every student deserves the chance to succeed —Viziscience®.”
Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, UK. Her early career in computer programming sparked her enjoyment in troubleshooting and providing solutions for complex IT challenges.
Her career transitioned into the education sector, where she combined technical expertise with artistic creativity. Margaret now focuses on developing innovative educational solutions that use technology to enhance teaching and learning science.
This passion led to the creation of Viziscience®, a platform used by educators to create and deliver interactive, engaging, and effective chemistry learning experiences for their students.
Viziscience began when I witnessed my daughter’s struggle with chemistry during her freshman year of high school. Faced with her frustration and the long hours of homework, I wanted to help. I started breaking down complex chemistry concepts into simple, manageable chunks, using illustrations and interactive methods to engage her. She went from struggling to becoming a confident learner — unafraid to explore and learn from mistakes. This truly inspired me and compelled me to help other students like her – and so, Viziscience came to life!
Teaching one child took up my entire evening and day, with hours spent learning and creating content tailored to her needs. And then it struck me — What about the teachers who have over 20,30, or 100’s of students in their classes? They go home after a long day and have to prepare lessons, grade homework, and somehow find the energy to do it all over again the next day. Their selfless dedication and tireless commitment to educating our children are the reasons I’m here today working on this project. At Viziscience, our mission is to empower teachers by providing them with the tools they need to inspire and nurture our next generation — to truly enjoy learning science!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.