Google’s fifth annual Doodle 4 Google contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is now open. This year’s theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” The entry deadline is March 20, and only one entry is allowed per student.
The national winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, a T-shirt featuring his or her doodle and a trip to New York for an awards ceremony May 17. Plus, his or her design will appear on the Google homepage for a day and also on a special edition of a Crayloa 64-crayon box.
This year, for the first time, a winner will be chosen from every state, selected from five finalists. A panel of Google employees will pick the finalists based on artistic merit, creativity and how well the theme is communicated in the work. One finalist will be picked from each age group (grades K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12).
Guest judges and Google’s own team of doodlers will choose the state winners. Guest judges include Katy Perry, Jordin Sparks, “Phineas and Ferb” creator Jeff “Swampy Marsh” and Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, the author and illustrator team behind “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”