By now the Doodle 4 Google contest needs little introduction. In its 8th year, the contest continues to garner excitement among teachers and students alike. Perhaps the draw is the prestige of seeing your drawing on the home page of arguably the most famous website in the world, or maybe it’s that the Google Doodles have become somewhat of a pop-culture darling or maybe it’s the college scholarship or trip to Google HQ…
Whatever the draw, we are fairly certain that your students are ready to get to work on their entry for this year.
Here’s everything you need to know to support your student’s ambitions to be the next winner:
- The Theme: Google is asking kids to create a doodle that shows the world ‘What makes me…me.’
- New This Year: For centuries, artists have created paintings, sculptures, self-portraits, and more to offer insights into their personalities and values. So this year, young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique.
- Who can participate: Students in grades K-12
- Must haves: Doodles have to incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e
- Due Date: Deadline for entries is Dec. 7, 2015.
- The Results: Fifty state winners will be selected and then, from Feb. 8-22, 2016, the public will vote on their favorite doodle from among the finalists. The ultimate winner will be chosen March 28.
- This year’s judges:
- Professional Basketball Player Stephen Curry
- Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle
- Actress Julie Bowen
- Director & Animator Glen Keane
- US Women’s Soccer Player Alex Morgan
- Writer, Director & Producer B.J. Novak
The national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship with another $50,000 technology grant for their school and a visit to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The winning drawing will be featured on the website for a day.
Free Activities and Videos for K-12 Students
Introduce the students in your life to the creative process through the lens of Google with free activities designed to spark creativity. Visit www.DiscoveryEducation.com/Doodle4Google to download free activities for kids in grades K through 12 with a complementary video featuring the doodlers in action.