Here at Viziscience we see a fundamental need to help students to view science as a journey of discovery and wonder rather than a chore. Our mission is to instill the love of learning by helping them to develop essential skills such as creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
Different people learn in different ways, but visual approaches to education can be highly effective, particularly when dealing with abstract or complex concepts. Viziscience was designed to combine visual and interactive learning methods to support 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 to 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 spend no time figuring out how to operate the package and 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 so far 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 this project. We want to continue our vision to provide the best learning experience for both students and teachers to achieve their goals. We value your support and if you would like to be involved in the project, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and suggestions. We always love to hear from our members and visitors, too.
Margaret Summers enjoys graphic design and animation. She has a degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in England. She spent over ten years working as an analyst programmer before becoming very passionate about combining her love for art and technology to create Viziscience to help students master high school chemistry concepts.
(Co-Founder, Viziscience Interactive Labs)
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.
The Power of Visuals
Research shows when you read something, three days later you may only remember 10% of it.
But if you add an image, you’re likely to remember 65% of it.
Why is chemistry so hard?
Chemistry is a fascinating subject but it is also often regarded as difficult by students. One of the main reasons for it appearing to be so tough is that students can’t relate chemistry to real life. Understandably, students are naturally frustrated not being able to see molecules interact and having to learn about strange particles that contain electrons. That’s why visual representation is a very effective tool for learning sciences as it helps us establish connections between ideas that make it easier and quicker for our brains to understand, recall and apply.
Here are some of the strategies we use for helping students learn:
Metaphors to connect abstract concepts to something you already know
Diagrams, pictures & illustrations to cement the relationships between ideas
Analogies to relate abstract concepts to real life experience
The use of plain english to simplify complex ideas
Viziscience provides chemistry learning resources for high school or secondary school level. Each chapter is split up into short topics. Within the topics are short animated videos to give you an outline of the key concepts.
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