We all are familiar with Google’s doodles – the fun and surprising changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of artists, pioneers and more. What you may not know, is that some of the doodles on Google are a part of an annual competition in various countries.
The competition is called “Doodle 4 Google” and it is hosted/held by Google. The contest is open to children in grades K-10 and includes homeschoolers as well.
The main rules are as follows:
The students need a parent or educator to submit his/her doodles.
One entry per student.
Must be original, unpublished work.
The submitted doodle is two-dimensional and scannable (no videos or GIFs)
The word “Google” must be used in the doodle.
They have to follow the contest’s theme.
The theme for this year’s contest was "what I see for the future…" Past themes include “What makes me...ME” and “If I could travel in time, I'd visit...”
This year’s winner was Sarah Harrison from Connecticut in the 10-12 grade level.
In her statement regarding her win, Harrison said, “When I started, I was thinking of how there’s a lot of animosity toward diverse communities of people in the world right now. So I wanted to draw something that I hoped would show that we can all get along well and that it’s possible for us to be happy with each other.”
Not only are Harrison and other students getting the chance to have their design feature on Google’s homepage, but they are also winning money for their school and a scholarship.
The national winner will receive:
A $30,000 college scholarship
A $50,000 Google for Education Technology Award for his/her school or non-profit organization
A trip to the Google Headquarters in California
A Google Chromebook
An Android tablet
The four national finalists will have their doodles featured in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. In addition, each national finalist will receive:
Last but not least, the 48 state and territory winners will have their doodles included in the Doodle 4 Google gallery and they will receive an android tablet.
If you are like me, then you might wish that you had the chance to enter the Doodle 4 Google contest, but don’t worry. According to google.com/doodles, the doodle team is always excited to hear ideas from users and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas for the next Google doodle.
To view other doodles from all around the world, visit https://www.google.com/doodles/