Doodle 4 Google Competition & 2010 Awards Event

by - 3/12/2011 01:22:00 PM

Along with many other viewers, I love checking Google homepage and seeing the different logos that teach viewers something new, or inspire, or simple amuse. Did you know that Google holds a Doodle 4 Google competition where they invite K-12 students to use their artistic talents to redesign Google’s homepage logo?

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This year Google is inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, "What I’d like to do someday…"At Google, they believe that dreaming about future possibilities leads to tomorrow’s leaders and inventors. Whether students want to find a cure for cancer or take a trip to the moon, it all starts with art supplies and some 8.5" x 11" paper. And, one lucky student artist will take home a $15,000 college scholarship and $25,000 technology grant for their school, among many other prizes.

Registration closed at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011. You must send in your doodle entries (must be postmarked) by March 16, 2011 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage on May 20, 2011.


Doodle 4 Google in 2011

Last year I was invited to Doodle 4 Google National Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Google's New York City office where I got to see the unveiling pf the winning student's doodle and hear from the expert jurors, including panelists from Disney, The Sesame Street Workshop, Charles Schulz/The Peanuts Gang, and Barbie/Mattel.

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Google's Marissa Mayer, vice president of search product and user experience, lead the panel of expert judges as they discuss how dreaming big has helped them get to where they are today. Each judge shared how art became a part of their lives and lead them to having a job in a creative fields.
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Then the judges received a special visit from Elmo, who wanted to share his Doodle 4 Google of Mister Noodle. After presenting his artwork, Elmo took time to say hello to the kids and his fan. Since my son is a fan of Elmo, I had to get a hello from Elmo to take back home.

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During the break I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Marissa Mayer and Andy Harkness, Art Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios about the process used to judge the final sets of art. I also learned about new projects Andy Harkness is working on that included a storybook.
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Then it was time to start presenting the awards to the finalist. Each child received an award and had their artwork shown for all to see. Then the winning design, entitled "Rainforest Habitat,” was shown and Makenzie Melton, a third grader in El Dorado Springs, Missouri received her prize of a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for a new computer lab at her school. Her doodle was also featured on the Google.com homepage the next day for millions of people to enjoy all across the country.

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I'm glad that Google feels the needs to support the art and creativity from childhood to adults. I'm very excited to see what wonderful designs the children come up with this year and look forward to seeing the winner on my homepage screen.

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