Google (yes, THE Google) opened up its second annual kids art contest this week to find the American school kid who will draw the logo rendition seen on the site’s homepage.
With more than one hundred million daily site views, that means your kid could become an artist whose talents are appreciated by, well, one hundred million folks in one day.
The Doodle 4 Google contest is open to kids in kindergarten through twelfth grade (ages five through eighteen), and it’s as open as their imaginations. The basic theme is “What I Wish for the World,” which seems just right for a kid’s contest – after all, their wishes are tomorrow’s future (cue the cheesy music).
Last year’s winner was Grace Moon, a middle schooler from Castro Valley, Calif. “My doodle, “Up in the Clouds,”
expresses a world in the sky,” she told the judges. “This new world is clean and fresh, and
people are social and enlightened. Every person here is treated as
family no matter who they are. The bright sun heats this ideal place
with warmth, love, and brightens everyone’s day”
She earned the day’s prime spot on the Doodle site plus a scholarship. This year, the national winner walks away with $15,000 for college, a trip Google’s New York offices, a laptop and a t-shirt with their doodle. The kid’s school will earn a $25,000 technology grant to be used in the school computer lab.
Another three national finalists will get the Google New York trip and laptop, plus their doodle on a Google tee, while the thirty-six regional winners get the tee and the trip (sorry, no computer). The company has added a District Quality Participation Prize of $10,000 for a school district that encourages “high quality participation.” Also geared toward improving the school’s technology, the grant must be used on the computer lab.
So whether your kid’s a pint-sized Picasso or your school district just really, really needs the help, check out last year’s winners (by age group) for some inspiration, then tell your kids to get doodling (registration is required by March 17, and the doodles have to be in by March 31).