Google announced its newest “Doodle 4 Google” contest today, asking young artists to create a doodle around the theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
According to the announcement, parents, teachers and after school programs may submit applications on behalf of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions must be received by March 20, with 50 state winners announced and opened to public voting on April 29.
To determine state winners, Google says it has invited a panel of guest judges, including authors Lemony Snicket, Mary Pope Osborne and creator of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan. Also astronaut Ron Garan and directors of the LEGO Movie Chris Miller and Phil Lord will serve as this year’s Google 4 Doodle judges.
The final winner will be announced in June. Award prizes include a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for the winner’s school. Also, the winning Doodle will serve as the Google logo for a day.
Google has partnered with Discovery Education to provide activities and videos for teachers and parents, and is offering virtual field trips of its headquarters. Students also will have an opportunity to meet and talk online with the Google Doodle team via Google’s Connected Classrooms.
Contest rules and applications can be found on the Google 4 Doodle website.