For today’s hack week adventure we explore the exciting visual world of shaders. From fog, to mosaics to cel shaders ROBLOX has never looked so good. Continue reading →
At ROBLOX we are constantly looking to improve our tools and technology so you can make better games and experiences. A big part of our development process is iteration: constantly making updates and additions to features already implemented. Last year we released Smooth Terrain (http://blog.roblox.com/2015/06/create-all-new-worlds-with-smooth-terrain/) which brought ROBLOX into a new era of environmental design. Recently Stickmasterluke announced some major improvements to the smooth terrain tool kit (http://blog.roblox.com/2015/12/smooth-terrain-and-new-horizons/) bringing even more power and potential to the creations on ROBLOX. Yet, there is still another important feature we want everyone to know about: Water Properties! Continue reading →
That’s the question we asked our Twitter followers a week ago. We encouraged them to take a survey about how they’ve used ROBLOX for school assignments and projects. The feedback we received showed us that not only is ROBLOX helping young technology enthusiasts learn the skills they need to turn their passions into careers, but helping them have fun while earning great marks in school. We sifted through the submissions in search of creative uses of ROBLOX in student educational endeavors. Here are four of our favorites.
When it comes to developing ROBLOX, we take to heart specific and constructive feedback from our community. That’s why we started Behind the BLOX, a chance for builders to come and play test with us every Friday right here at ROBLOX HQ. In our last visit, we tested with a local group of middle schoolers from Benicia, all of whom are members of an after-school initiative called STEM. The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math–so it makes sense that each of them are not only familiar with ROBLOX, but builders themselves. Continue reading →
In late February, Code.org published a video, in which several tech-industry luminaries – from Bill Gates and Gabe Newell to Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey – extol the values of being able to write code. While the video has an underlying goal of increasing the prevalence of programming classes in schools (Code.org claims that nine out of 10 schools do not offer them), it conveys a bigger message: anyone can learn to code and anyone can position themselves to be a successful engineer. And they can start today – even if their school doesn’t have a formal computer science program. Continue reading →
Alice Rice is the Technology Coordinator for the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center in San Francisco, California. The non-profit center works with various local educational entities to serve the San Francisco Community through a variety of programs and services for adults, youth, and families. One of these services has come to be known as The Games Review Board–kids collectively review video games they’ve been playing and share the reviews through a podcast. Alice had noticed that mostly all of the recent reviews were from ROBLOX games, so she asked us to participate in one of their sessions. Founder and CEO David Baszucki, Senior Software Developer Robert Morgan and Studio Engineering Director Tim Brown took up the opportunity to interact with ROBLOX users in person and headed to the James Denman Middle School in San Francisco. Continue reading →
The School Project judging is over and the winners have received their prizes. Hooray!
There are 106 Grand Prize winners – users who sent in projects that used ROBLOX in inspiring and clever ways. The users on this list received 500 R$ and all the book hats currently in the Catalog…
Biology Textbook, Chemistry Textbook, Economics Textbook, Fait Lux: The Life and Times of a Builderman, Finnegan’s Wake, Geography Textbook, I, LOLRUS, Learn to Program C++, Math Textbook, Music Theory Textbook, Quantum Chromodynamics For Dummies, Reading Textbook, Teapot Tome, The Lolcat Bible, The Necrobloxicon, The Nethack Man Pages, The Recess Codex
and… ROBUK: How Education Determines Future Success
There were another 225 user who received the book hat ROBUK: How Education Determines Future Success as an entry prize. We liked their work a lot and wanted to reward them for trying. Many of the entries showed a lot of scholastic skill but were not really using ROBLOX as an aid to learning.
This event really shows that ROBLOX can be used to help with school projects, at school or at home. There were so many entries we will not be able to showcase them all on the News. We would like to show a few more though! Here are a few and hopefully soon we can put others soon.
Check these out!
Motion – Friction and Energy
Assignment- Give an example of Friction and Energy
Roblox helped me with this project because it displayed the properties of Friction and Energy and it was easy to use. -mythicman95
I used Roblox to create the carbon cycle. My class had to create a cycle on the environment. Since some one had already done a water cycle, I decided to make a carbon cycle. I created a carbon cycle on Roblox. After I finished I edited with Photoshop. Roblox helped so much with this. The next day I gave it to my teacher and I received an A. -Daniel9107
In Art Class I was required to construct a three dimensional Project for the end of the year. I was stumped on how I should complete the project. I decided I’d make some form of Abstract or Modern art. I realized I could use the computer for my project. I tried designing my model on paint, but I just wasn’t good at it. I got bored and decided to play a little bit of my favorite game, Roblox. After a bit of building I noticed that I could design my project on Roblox. I successfully made the models my teacher was asking for and I got an A+. – StoneBlood
Direct quote from the teacher: “Great Work! Your models contain lots of texture and are very Abstract!”
Assignment: Show that in the absence of air, ALL objects, regardless of weight or shape, fall at the same rate. I learned that Sir Isaac Newton was the first to use experiments to show that there is something called air resistance. Air actually slows an object down when it falls. The heavier the object is, the less it is affected by air resistance. So if there was no air they would all fall at the same speed! Since I am home schooled I was able to get on Roblox and show that since there is no air on Roblox a small brick and a large brick fall at the same speed! This was great because one, I got an A and two, I had a chance to participate in a Roblox contest! YAY! – ryno1o1
We were looking at Simple Harmonic Motion. We’d been spending a few lessons looking at simple harmonic motion in a spring, we’d been having to look at a spring because it’s hard to look at the displacement, acceleration and velocity or a pendulum. So I went into Roblox and made a pendulum, and made it print off the position of the pendulum over a course of 10 seconds, every 0.05 seconds. I then put this into excel to get a graph. Later I made a script to actually plot a graph in game.
My physics teacher was impressed by the application of Roblox for motion physics experiments. -Articerile
You can talk more about this contest on our forums!