Doodle 4 Google Logo Contest for Young Students

linepurplefadegoogle-if-i-could-do-anything-logoCalling All Aspiring Graphic Artists and Illustrators
There are always graphic design contests and competitions for adults, but this one, to borrow a phrase, is just for kids.

The Doodle 4 Google contest is open to students from the grades of kindergarten to 12th.  In order to enter you must do so through an officially registered school. Click here for details and the registration form. The aim of the competition is to select a winning Google homepage logo that reflects the theme of "If I Could Do Anything I Would..."

So what would you do...

Find a cure for cancer?
Become an astronaut?
Invent a supercomputer?

The ideas for your entry are endless.

Submissions should be drawn on 8.5"x11" paper and tell a visual story of the vision they have of what they would do if anything were possible. The PDF contest template can be found by clicking here.

The Judging
A group of illustrators, cartoonists and animators from Sesame Street Workshop, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts, and Pixar Animation Studios will help select 40 finalists.

There will be four entry age brackets:

* Grades K - 3
* Grades 4 - 6
* Grades 7 - 9
* Grades 10 - 12

The judging process will select:

400 State Finalists
40 Regional Finalists from the United States
4 National Finalists
1 National Winner

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Awards
According to Google the prizes for each category are:

google-logoNational Winner - College Scholarship
"The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his/her choice, a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his/her doodle on it. We'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 technology grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab."

Three National Finalists - Laptop Computers
"Each of the other three National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it."

40 Regional Finalists - Smithsonian Exhibit and Trip to New York
"Each of the other 40 Regional Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 40 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a public exhibit at the Smithsonian's, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for 6 weeks after the announcement event."

State Finalists - Doodles Published on the Web site
"Each of the other 400 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" official winner's certificate and will be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site."

Extra Credit - Technology Booster Awards
"This year, we are giving out eight (8) Technology Booster awards for schools who submit their doodles by March 10, 2010. The awards consist of 20 netbook computers for public or private schools or 2 netbook computers for homeschools who submit the maximum amount of doodles for their school by March 10, 2010 (doodles must be received by this date).

"Schools who are eligible to win this award are those who submit either six (6) doodles if they are a public or private school or two (2) doodles if they are a homeschool. These schools must also have a student selected as one of the 400 State Finalists. We will also be looking at the highest cumulative quality scores of the State Finalists doodles as part of the awards criteria. Awards will be announced on May 17, 2010 when we post the 400 State Winners."

Other Contest Details
The deadline for schools to register their students in this contest is March 17, 2010. For the complete guidelines for this contest, click here. For an explanation of why this contest is being run, click here.

See the video below for an overview of the Doodle 4 Google Contest:

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