November 15, 2021
by David Baszucki, Founder and CEO
Before we founded Roblox, my cofounder Erik Cassel and I had a long history of developing educational software together at our former company, Knowledge Revolution. From our experience with Interactive physics, we know that students learn best when given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge through hands-on experience, problem solving, and collaborating with others. The concept is based on a theory known as “constructivism,” first defined by MIT scholar Seymour Papert, and we support it to this day.
Our vision with Roblox Education is to empower students and educators to explore online learning, both through integrating Roblox Studio into the STEM curriculum and through enriching educational experiences on our platform. For example, instead of reading about ancient Rome, students will be able to go there and explore the Colosseum together. Education remains an integral part of our DNA, which is why we continue to offer free software and curriculum to teach valuable STEM skills, such as coding. 3D modeling and design. To support our efforts in education, we are pleased to introduce the Roblox Community Foundation (RCF).
RCF is designed to help start the next chapter of our educational expansion and support other innovative impact initiatives at Roblox. Through an initial $10 million fund, RCF will provide grants to educational institutions to develop educational curricula and experiences that advance our platform in immersive and engaging ways. guide.
Roblox’s Director of Education, Rebecca Kantar, will now also serve as the Director of the Roblox Community Foundation. With Rebecca’s passion for education, as well as her background as an entrepreneur, a nonprofit leader, and an expert in game-based and simulation-based educational evaluation, we believe that Rebecca is the ideal leader to help bring meaningful, high-quality teaching and learning experiences to Roblox. You can hear more from Rebecca and learn about our original RCF grant recipients here.
– David Baszucki, Founder and CEO