March 30th, 2021

Kahoot & NewsHour EXTRA series: “News Round-up” and “Power of Invention” games

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (L) photo by Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS and high school student (R) via PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.


We know students learn in different ways. For that reason, we’ve teamed up with Kahoot and launched two new series of fun, interactive games.

The first series is designed to teach the basics of invention as a path to solving everyday challenges (as well as the big ones!). These games can work for a variety subjects, including STEM, social studies and English. Not only do students discover how life-saving inventions were created, but they also learn about the inventors’ challenges along the way, which makes them easier to connect with.

Each kahoot in the “Power of Invention” series uses video clips from the PBS NewsHour on topics as wide ranging as Martian rovers, concussions sensors in sports and coronavirus vaccine administration and uses Kahoot’s popular, online question and answer format to challenge students to consider the ways new ideas and solutions to problems are dreamed up and tested.

The “Power of Invention” series uses resources from Lemelson-MIT, the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) and other InventEd organizations that are dedicated to creative, transdisciplinary problem-solving approaches known as “invention education.” Invention education helps students of all backgrounds develop interest, confidence and capabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and making the world a better place. 

So what else is going on? 

Last November, Kahoot teamed up with PBS NewsHour EXTRA to engage students in learning about Election 2020. This series has been played more than 850,000 times, and we attribute that to the fun, accessible layout of Kahoot and the trustworthy, nonpartisan content of the NewsHour.

We know students and teachers are pros at being curious, creative and passionate about making a difference—and to do that, they need to know what’s going on in the world. To help inspire students to ask questions, we created a “News Roundup,” which will feature a brand-new kahoot every two weeks. These learning games will challenge students to test their knowledge of the latest US news, and why it matters.

Students will be able to explore important current events in politics, the arts, STEM, COVID-19 and more. For students, these games can help make learning about current events feel more accessible and engaging, which is key to building a foundation for active civic participation.

We will also be rolling out additional kahoots in this series in the future, so stay tuned for even more exciting learning content.

How do you play?

These quizzes are available to play for free on Kahoot! Academy and can be played anywhere — in a physical or virtual classroom, independently at home or even as a challenge users can complete at their own pace.

All content is available for Kahoot! users, both through the website and on the mobile app. Students can accesses these kahoots on the PBS NewsHour EXTRA Kahoot! Academy Premium partner page.

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