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Google Doodle...With Crayons
One of the world’s largest cloud services providers is shooing children away from their computers and back to their drawing boards, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and other art supplies. The Doodle 4 Google contest launched on Jan. 15 with the announcement of the 2013 theme, "My Best Day Ever...”
“This contest gives students a blank canvas to exercise their creative imagination and doodle about their best day ever—be that in the past, present or future,” the announcement said. “Google is excited to see moments or thoughts that range from small and personal to broad and far reaching—maybe even out of this universe.”
K-12 students from the US can submit doodles via US mail or online until March 22, 2013. One winner from each US state will be announced May 1. Children can submit as many doodles as they want, and classrooms can also participate. The winner will earn a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for the winner’s school, and the winning doodle will also be posted to the search engine’s homepage.
This year’s guest judges include journalist and TV personality Katie Couric; Chris Sanders, writer and director of Lilo & Stitch and How to Train your Dragon; Brian Henson, writer, director, producer, puppeteer, and chair of the Jim Henson Co; Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time; Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, a drummer, DJ, and member of The Roots; Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of the graphic novel Amulet series; and photographer Deborah Feingold.
“On May 1 we’ll put the 50 state winners up for public vote, all 50 of which will be flown to New York City for a national awards ceremony on May 22, with the winning doodle appearing on May 23,” the announcement said.
For more information, visit the Doodle 4 Google blog.
Margo Pierce is a Cincinnati-based freelance writer.