How Your Students Can Doodle For Google

Today, Google announced the launch of the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google contest. Open to K-12 students in the U.S., Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity of a lifetime: design the homepage doodle for millions to see, and while you’re at it, take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for your school.

In the spirit of thinking big, the theme this year is “What I’d like to do someday…” — giving all of the talented young dreamers an opportunity to flex their creative muscles.

Schools & Guardians Can Now Register Students

While most of this year’s contest remains the same, Google has made some exciting changes based on feedback. Now, parents or guardians can register their students directly, and if a school registers, there’s no limit on the number of doodles they can submit.

But remember, Google only allows one entry per student.

Google is also partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, two organizations that truly bring this year’s theme to life.

The Judges

Once you’ve registered your students and they submit their artwork, Google employees and a panel of guest judges, including Whoopi Goldberg, gold medal ice skater Evan Lysacek and “Garfield” creator Jim Davis, will narrow down the submissions.

The top 40 regional finalists will not only receive a trip to New York City and a visit from Google in their hometown, but their artwork will be featured in a special exhibition in partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art.

How To Enter

For more details, check out, including full contest rules. To get started, whether you’re a teacher or a parent, register your student(s) by March 2, 2011.

Then get out the crayons, paints and markers—you can even throw your own doodle party. Please note that all entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011. Good luck!

To check out past Google Doodles, click here to view ALL of them.


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