My friend Lucy Gray sent me information on this great program!
It is Doodle 4 Google and your school has 6 submissions that they may submit to Google. (So it means you need to have a school competition.) It is open to grades K-12 and they have made lesson plans to help you (Grades K – 3, Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 9, Grades 10 – 12).
First, you must register and get your 6 ID numbers from Google. (Only 6 per school!) Then, download the lesson plans and the flyer (to post on your door.) The doodles will be judged in 10 regions to get 400 state winners and eventually will narrow down to one national winner which will go live on the Google homepage for 24 hours.
Here is the information Lucy sent me:
It's called Doodle 4 Google, and it offers students all over the country the chance to design the Google logo, and perhaps have their artwork viewed by people all over the world.
The Doodle 4 Google theme is “What if…?” Here are some examples of what this could mean:
– What if…I could live underwater, or in outer space, or in Colonial America?
– What if…I could see into the future?
– What if…I could build any kind of invention I wanted?
But your students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas about this theme. The competition is open to K-12 students between 5 and 18. An expert panel will pick 40 finalists who'll be invited to a workshop with Google's official doodler, Dennis Hwang, at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The U.S. public will vote for their favorites, and the winning design will replace the regular Google homepage on May 22, 2008. This champion doodler will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $25,000 technology grant.
How to participate?
Please visit www.google.com/doodle4google. You'll find all the dates and resources you'll need to get your school involved, including detailed lesson plans to help incorporate the competition into your curricula. School registration closes on March 28th and doodle entries must be received by April 12th, 2008.
So, go doodle a little. (And I mean draw.)
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