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Tencent to form education-focused JV with Roblox

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. will form a joint venture with U.S.-based Roblox Corp. that will initially focus on education to teach coding fundamentals, game design, digital citizenship and entrepreneurial skills to young Chinese creators.

The goal of the joint venture, which will be based in Shenzhen, is to nurture innovation among the next generation of students and teachers who are pioneering STEM learning and education in China. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to bring Roblox to China, according to a company release.

Under the partnership, Roblox and Tencent also announced a scholarship fund to sponsor 15 young creators from China to attend weeklong creator camps at Stanford University this summer. In collaboration with the China Association for Educational Technology, the two companies are calling for applications from young creators throughout China for the scholarship program.

Future programs will include local coding camps as well as training programs for instructors to build customized educational experiences for their students. Roblox also recently added support for Chinese languages and made its coding curriculum available for free in Chinese.