Upon waking up at 5:45am this morning to the roar of a New York City garbage truck…I had a good hour to watch the news. I learned about a great program that is put on Google called “Doodle 4 Google.” It is a competition where they invite K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. Pretty exciting right? The Google site dedicated to this project states, “At Google, we believe that dreaming about future possibilities leads to tomorrow’s leaders and inventors, so this year we’re inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, ‘What I’d like to do someday…’”
Encourage your children on a wintery day this month to make a few drawings and submit them. Why not?
So what does it take? Art supplies and a 8.5″ x 11″ paper. One SUPER lucky student artist will take home a $15,000 college scholarship and $25,000 technology grant for their school, among many other prizes. THAT IS WHAT I CALL BIG WINNINGS!
Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011, and entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on our Google.com homepage on May 20, 2011.
GO HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Some fun facts about Doodle 4 Google:
How did the idea for doodles originate?
In 1998, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. A stick figure drawing was placed behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was well received by our users.
A year later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked current webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. Pleased with the result, Dennis was then appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles became a regular occurrence on the Google homepage. In the beginning, the doodles tended to celebrate largely visible holidays; nowadays, doodles represent a wide array of events and anniversaries from the Olympics to the Mars Rover landing.
Over time, the demand for doodles quickly rose both in the U.S. and internationally. Creating doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented designers. For them, creating doodles has become a team effort to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to a myriad of Google users worldwide.
How many doodles has Google done over the years?
The doodle team has created over 300 doodles for Google.com in the United States and over 700 have been designed internationally.
Where can I see all the Google doodles that have been done over the years?
All doodles can be found at www.google.com/logos
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