Google Doodle Contest Is Back For Fifth Year


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Google wants your kids to doodle a Google Doodle for their future education.

Google announced this morning on the The Today Show that they are starting up the fifth annual U.S. Doodle 4 Google contest. They want K-12 students to draw their own rendition of the Google logo. The winner will see their doodle on the frontpage of Google for a day. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school.

The theme for this year is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...” They don’t care which direction in time kids want to go. They can even stay in the present and draw a doodle about Google telling them to draw a doodle about time travel.

Last year, Google saw 107,000 entries to the contest. They’re making a few changes this year to better accommodate more winners. Each state will have five finalists and one winner so each state will have a doodle champion to cheer on. From those 50 state winners, they will select five national finalists from which the doodle champion will emerge.

They are also partnering with Crayola this year to bring the winning doodle to a special edition of their 64-crayon box. Remember kids, draw your doodles with Roseart crayons for the ultimate irony.

They have also eliminated the registration step so parents or teachers just have to submit the artwork by March 20 with a signed and completed entry form.

Contest judging will start with Google employees and a panel of celebrity guest judges. Katy Perry, creator of Phineas and Ferb Jeff Marsh and Jordin Sparks have graciously agreed to judge the artwork alongside other unnamed, but guaranteed to be great, illustrators and artists. They will pick the state finalists and winners, then the national finalists and winners will be up to a public vote.

The doodles by the 50 state winners will be displayed at the New York Public Library and then at museums around the country so parents can take their children to see why they didn’t win.

For all the details, parents can head here to get the entry form and learn how they can get their child’s 15 minutes of Internet fame.*

*Fifteen minutes of Internet fame is equatable to 20 seconds in real time.