Do You Use ROBLOX for School?

November

07, 2013

by JacksSmirkingRevenge


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ChalkboardThat’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.

Last year, builder Asleum used ROBLOX to create a 3D model for an Environmental Studies class. The demo he created blends a variety of techniques, including environment construction, GUI design, and water levels that shift via script, among other details.

Turbine

He explains:

My group and I decided to give a presentation on tidal tides. We were allowed to use informative documents to illustrate what we wanted to say in our presentation. I originally wanted to use a video, though I couldn’t really find any on the internet that could get my point across. I decided to use ROBLOX to make my own animated 3D tidal power plant with captions included. I’ve never had so much fun making a school project. My friends and teachers were really impressed with the build, and I got an excellent mark on the exam.

Builder Siccity used ROBLOX to supplement his 7th grade science project. Utilizing ROBLOX physics, he built a Rube Goldberg machine that runs based on the forward momentum of a ball — pushed by the player. You can even fly around and step on the scales!


Here’s his story:

We had to make a functional Rube Goldberg machine that could complete simple tasks. I knew that ROBLOX physics would allow me to create a virtual version of the machine that would run just the same as the real one I created. I strung a bunch of non-can-collide bricks through gaps in the platforms, and added a large rubber ball. I presented both my physical creation and ROBLOX creation and got a 48/50 on the assignment, with extra points in “presentation!”

Prolific builder NowDoTheHarlemShake has been using ROBLOX throughout middle school and well into high school for various educational projects. He shared some of these projects with us:

I’ve used ROBLOX for three projects in middle school and high school. The first was an assignment where we had to design a map, and label all the pathways and rooms. I figured ROBLOX would be the perfect way to do this–I built a huge level with lots of walls and pathways, and labeled them with GUIs. I got a 100% on that project, though I sadly no longer have the link to the place.

NDTHSVideoLater, we had to create a video project based on some of the reading we did for class. I decided to build a ROBLOX level and characters from the Agatha Christie book, “And Then There Were None.” I recreated the overall plot of the book and condensed it into a 15 minute ROBLOX video. My teacher was curious what program I used to create it.

Lastly, I recently had to complete a project where I had to design an island and label 15 key features–mountains, straits, oceans, seas–lots of things. Once more, ROBLOX was the way to go. I built this island, and got a 45/40 on the project–earning the extra five points for being creative.

Finally, robloxian785 used ROBLOX for a surprisingly sentimental school project. The graveyard he created is massive, and several of the headstones feature the real-life names of soldiers who perished in war.

Memorial

We’ve been studying the first World War in my history class, and we were tasked with building a structure related to the memorials of veterans. I’m terrible with arts and crafts, but figured ROBLOX would be the best place to do it. I created the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, which is an accurate recreation. I hoped to engrave each headstone with real names of veterans who lost their lives. There are headstones with real names, just not all of them. Engraving each headstone turned out to be a strenuous task and I ran out of time. I’ll get back to it at some point.

This is just a small sample of the submissions we received–perhaps we’ll feature more school projects on the blog in the coming weeks! Of course, if you’ve ever used ROBLOX to innovate in your education, make sure to let us know (and share links).