Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Over 100 million people have played Roblox since its 2005 launch. Your child may be one of them. Is there any good from playing this game besides its usual hijinks?

Fortunately, Roblox touches the four cornerstones of STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Roblox introduces kids to coding and other skills needed in game development. It can also lead aspiring game creators to full-time careers in the multi-billion dollar tech and gaming industries.

Business Wire released a report stating children’s academic performances increased after using Roblox for school projects.

With Roblox’s popularity on the rise, the gaming corporation has established programs teaching young game developers the nooks and crannies of Roblox creation. Plus, the company offers a free curriculum for educators all over to use Roblox in classrooms and libraries.

Creation engine Roblox Studio introduces kids to Lua, a kid-friendly version of Java and Python. Kids have the opportunity to create hundreds of Roblox games. They also have the chance to make a profit from their games when players purchase in-game items.

There’s more to Roblox than casual shenanigans with online block buddies. The game raises a new generation of crafty innovators.

Interested in learning more about Roblox? GCPL has the following Roblox books available:

1. Inside the World of Roblox by Alexander Cox
2. Roblox Top Adventure Games by Alex Wiltshire
3. Roblox’s Top Role-playing Games by Alexander Cox
4. Roblox Top Battle Games by Official Roblox

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