Today, they're announcing their second annual Doodle 4 Google contest in the U.S. Google doodles are the special "dressed-up" logos they run on their homepage for holidays and other events, and Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity for one child to have his/her artwork displayed on Google's homepage as a doodle for hundreds of millions of people to see. This year's theme is "What I Wish for the World," as they really want to tap into not only children's creativity but also what they want their future to look like.
They're very excited this year to be partnering with the Smithsonian's, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Since Cooper-Hewitt is focused on design and education and fostering the brightest design minds of tomorrow, they were a natural partner for Doodle 4 Google. Their partnership also means that this year's prizes not only include having your artwork on the Google homepage for a day, a college scholarship, and a technology grant for your school, but also having your work (and that of all 40 finalists) exhibited at a Smithsonian museum!
Most of this year's contest remains the same as last year's. (For inspiration, you can see Grace Moon's beautiful winning doodle "Up In the Clouds" in their Doodle Gallery). However, there are a few changes. First, they increased the college scholarship prize for the national winner to $15,000. They also added a $10,000 prize for the school district that submits the most high-quality entries. Finally, in partnership with Cooper-Hewitt, they will be celebrating the 40 finalists and announcing the national winner in New York City, to coincide with the opening of the exhibit. Please visit the official competition website for a full listing of all contest rules and requirements.
Only students from registered schools can enter, so teachers, if you want to participate please register your school by March 17, 2009. All doodles must be submitted by March 31, 2009.
So what are you waiting for? Summit your entry NOW!
[Credits: Google Blog]