Google Holds FREE KIDS ART CONTEST - Scholarship Prizes
Doodle 4 Google is a competition where K-12 students are invited to play around with their homepage logo and see what new designs they come up with. This year Google is inviting U.S. kids to join in the doodling fun, around the intriguing theme "What I Wish for the World.
Now before you leave this page listen to this - CONTEST MONEY IS UP FOR GRABS!!!
The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all U.S. residents between the ages of 5 and 18 who attend elementary and secondary schools (i.e. grades K-12) in the U.S. Doodles will be judged in the following brackets:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Grade 4 - Grade 6
Grade 7 - Grade 9
Grade 10 - Grade 12
All students attending private schools and home schools are also eligible to participate. The 4 finalists from last year's competition are ineligible to win, but they are allowed to submit doodles and participate in this year's competition.
The competition will run across 10 regions:
Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 4: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Region 6: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Region 7: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Region 8: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Region 9: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Region 10: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
400 State Finalists
Up to 400 doodles from across the country will be chosen by a panel of independent judges and Google employees based on which doodles they feel best represent the "What I Wish for the World" theme. In each state, 2 doodles will be selected in each grade group, meaning that each grade group and each state will be equally represented. Entries from the District of Columbia will be judged along with entries from Maryland.
40 Regional Winners
The judging panel will choose 40 top doodles as Regional Winners. In each of the ten Regions, each grade group will have one winner. These Regional Winners will be displayed in a gallery on the Google.com website. The U.S. public will then vote for the doodles they believe best capture the theme "What I Wish for the World."
4 National Finalists
An awards ceremony for the 40 Regional Winners will be held at the Google New York Office on May 20, 2009. We'll also announce the four National Finalists chosen by the U.S. public (1 per grade group).
1 National Winner
Finally, one of the four National Finalists will be awarded "National Winner of Doodle 4 Google." The National Winner's doodle will 'go live' on the Google homepage for 24 hours.
$$$$$$ PRIZES!!!! $$$$$$
The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. They'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 technology grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.
Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
Each of the other 36 Regional Winners will win a trip to the Google New York Office and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
Each of the other 360 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" official winner's certificate.
This year Google has added a new District Quality Participation Prize in the amount of $10,000 to the school district that most encourages high-quality participation from its schools. The District Quality Participation Prize will also be a grant that goes towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.
HOW TO ENTER:
Below you will find a timeline of dates that are imparitive to this competition. Under the dates you will find out how to enter:
School Registration Deadline: March 17, 2009
Doodle Entry Deadline: March 31, 2009
State Finalists and Regional Winners Notified: May 8, 2009
Online Public Vote: May 11-18, 2009
Awards Ceremony and National Winners Announced: May 20, 2009
Winning Doodle on the Google Homepage: May 21, 2009
In order to enter you will need to register. Of course it is 100% FREE (no strings attached!) You can register for the Google Competition here
After you register you will want to have you child create their "Doodle" (on paper.) The doodle can be done with crayons, paint, marker - anything! Be creative - just make sure you stick to the Wish/World theme.
After the art has been completed you will want to upload it here
. If you are not familiar with the uploading process, it's easy! All you need to do is scan a copy of the doodle then select it on your computer. Don't have a scanner? Take a photo of it and upload the photo.
And finally, help your child address an envelope to:
Doodle 4 Google competition
PO Box 1379
Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1379
and send your doodle in with the forms that you see on this page