UNDATED (GOOGLE) -- Today, Google announced the launch of the 2014 Doodle 4 Google contest, where students compete to put their artistic spin on the Google logo.
Children from across Arkansas, grades K - 12, are invited to compete in the contest. The winning artist will see their work on the Google homepage for a day, win a $30,000 college scholarship, win a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, and will also become an honorary Google doodler for a day and animate their doodle with our team in Mountain View. This year's theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."
In 2013, 8th grade student Madeleine Robinsonfrom Little Rock was the Arkansas finalist for the Doodle contest.
Judging starts with Googlers and a panel of guest judges, including astronaut Ron Garan, author of the Percy Jackson Series Rick Riordan, Google[x] Captain of Moonshoot Astro Teller, directors of The LEGO Movie Chris and Phil, President of RISD school Rosanne Somerson, robotics designer Lee Magpili, and authors Lemony Snicket and Mary Pope Osborne.
On April 29, we'll announce the 50 state finalists and open up a public vote to select the national winner. These 50 kids will all get to visit Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. on May 21 for a day full of creative workshops and other fun activities. Finally, the national winner's animated doodle will be revealed on google.com in June.
Participating is easier than ever. Students can download the entry forms on the Doodle 4 Google site and send in completed doodles by mail or online. All entries must be received by March 20 with a parent or guardian's signature. We encourage full classrooms to participate too. There's no limit to the number of doodles that come from any one school or family... just remember, only one doodle per student.
For more details, visit the contest homepage to find more information including contest information and guides for educators.