Thursday, January 19, 2012

Your kid's chance to be a famous hero

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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Considering the fact that Colorado has seen drastic cuts to both higher ed and K-12 education, and considering that the state's K-12 system has long been one of the most poorly funded in the nation, a chance for kids to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school may generate some excitement.

Add that to the fact that your kid could get his or her 15 minutes of fame through this little contest, and well, it's almost irresistible. I speak of the Doodle 4 Google contest.

You know how on holidays, Google decorates the icon on its homepage? Well, basically, your kid's drawing could decorate that icon on a regular day if he/she wins this thing. Think of it as an essay contest with pictures. The theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit ...”

Unfortunately, it's not open to the young at heart — only kids in grades 5-12. Sadly, this means all my years of developing my talent, doodling through boring meetings, is a total waste. Sigh. But your little one still has a chance, so read on:

Doodle 4 Google: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”

Starting today, we’d like to invite K-12 students in the U.S. to participate in our fifth annual U.S. Doogle 4 Google contest. Draw your rendition of the Google logo and you may see it on the ultimate gallery: the Google homepage. The winning doodler will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

The theme for this year’s contest is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”. That could mean visiting a past, present or future setting—whether it’s traveling back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the future to witness everyday space travel, or to just a few moments ago to relive a poignant experience.

Building on last year’s record-breaking participation (107,000 entries!), we’ve made a few enhancements to the 2012 contest. First, we’re opening Doodle 4 Google up to an even wider audience—with a winner from every state. There will be five finalists and one winner per state, so everyone will have a local doodle champion to cheer on. >From these 50 State Winners, we’ll find 5 National Finalists and the lucky National Winner.

We’re also partnering with Crayola this year and the winning doodler’s artwork will appear on a special edition of the 64-crayon box—a first!

Participating is easier than ever, since we’ve eliminated the registration step. All you need to do is submit your child’s or student’s artwork by March 20 with a signed and completed entry form.

Contest judging starts with Google employees and a panel of guest judges—including multi-platinum singer Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator and executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and recording artist Jordin Sparks, as well as other great illustrators and artists—who will help us pick the state finalists and winners. Then, on May 2, we’ll put the 50 state winners up for public vote. All 50 State Winners will be flown to New York City for the national awards ceremony on May 17, with the winning doodle appearing on May 18.

The doodles by the 50 State Winners will be displayed at The New York Public Library's historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street in an exhibition open to the public over the summer. We’ll also be partnering with museums across the country to display the artwork of the state finalists in areas near their homes.

For more details, check out google.com/doodle4google, where you’ll find full contest rules and entry forms. Happy doodling and good luck!

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