Partners in EduPLAYtion: Histrionix and Andyrooniverse
September 21, 2016
(HOUSTON, TX) Histrionix Learning announces a new EduPLAYtion partnership with Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse to bring exciting STEAM-powered music programs — Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Math — to schools across Houston this year. Dubbed “Houston’s Leading Children’s Musician” in the Houston Press, Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse is the children’s music project of Houston singer-songwriter and producer Andrew Karnavas. Andyroo is a frequently featured performer at schools, libraries, and museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
“Students of all ages love Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse,” said Histrionix CEO Rick Brennan, a former HISD teacher of 13 years turned entrepreneur. Histrionix has developed game-based, project-based curriculum that leverage popular game titles like SimCity, Minecraft, and Gamestar Mechanic. “Our fun, standards-aligned, STEAM-powered learning programs and games build important 21st-century skill sets like collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.”
Brennan and Karnavas have worked together to combine their game-based, project-based, and music-based learning backgrounds into meaningful, standards-aligned STEAM learning experiences. They believe that collaborations among leaders in fields like game design and music that combine artistic and technical skill sets are key to preparing today’s students for a future that will be shaped by creative, collaborative problem-solvers.
Karnavas first met Brennan and learned about Histrionix during TEDxHouston 2013.
“He gave a talk called, What if Sixth Graders Ruled the World? and it resonated with my experiences as a children’s music artist and teacher,” Karnavas said. In addition to his music, Karnavas teaches creative writing for Writers In The Schools (WITS). In 2015, he jumped at the opportunity to teach the pilot program for WITS Digital, Histrionix’s game-based learning collaboration with WITS. As the school year progressed Brennan and Karnavas both felt that they should work on more projects together, and the K-12 STEAM music programs were born.
To fuel education as experience, students as creators, and teachers as designers, Histrionix has established a vendor relationship with HISD to provide these learning programs:
K-5th Grade: Andyrooniverse STEAM Music Visits
Andyroo visits the classroom one or multiple times and interweaves music, movement, and stories from the Andyrooniverse into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons to make learning fun and musical for the kids.
6-12th Grade: Just Add Beats
Histrionix and Andyroo have created Just Add Beats, a STEAM music workshop where students learn to design and record their own original podcasts, music and sound effects for albums, movies, and videogames in a fully functioning audio makerspace on their school campus. At the end of the program led by Karnavas and a team of other audio professionals, students receive a digital album of their high-quality, original audio works. The Just Add Beats studio remains on campus as an audio makerspace for students to continue to use and to pass on their knowledge to other students interested in exploring the world of audio.
Rick Brennan: http://histrionix.com/people/
Andrew Karnavas: http://andrewkarnavas.com/about