Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mississippi Students Can Doodle 4 Google in the Community Doogle Contest

ROXIE, MS - The Doodle 4 Google competition is now open to all K-12 students in U.S. schools (including home schoolers). Parents, teachers, or after school programs may submit doodles on behalf of their child or student as long as they are accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. Like last year, Google does not have a cap on number of submissions from one school, family, or after school program but they still require that only one doodle is submitted per child. In the case of duplicate submissions by a single child, they will accept the submission that arrives first as determined by the "received by" date. Completed entry forms must be received by March 23rd. You may download a  submission form and get additional information by clicking here.  

New! This year, finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis as described below:

Judging Criteria
Doodles will be judged based on the following:

  • Artistic merit: based on grade group and artistic skill
  • Creativity: based on the representation of the theme and use of the Google logo
  • Theme communication: how well the theme is expressed in the artwork and the supporting statement

Doodle 4 Google in your Community
This year, Doodle 4 Google is coming to the Mississippi Museum of Art!  Google is excited to team up with local organizations across the country to exhibit the artwork of the 2012 Doodle 4 Google State Finalists and runner-ups. We can catch a glimpse of the Doodle 4 Google magic in our neck of the woods.

Doodle History

Most companies take their corporate logo seriously and while we do too, we also take fun seriously. The combination of the two is what we’ve come to refer to as a “doodle”. We made our first doodle in 1998 when Google founders Larry and Sergey were attending the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the second “o” in the logo to let users know they were “out of the office”. Users were surprised to see a change to the standard and simple Google logo but enjoyed it and the playful nature of, what was then, a very young company.
Since then there have been over 1000 doodles for our homepages around the world celebrating characters from Big Bird to Batman. Some doodles run globally (across all the Google homepages) and others are specific to just one country. Sometimes there are even multiple ones running at the same time, so our users in France may see one while in Japan they see another.
These doodles started as simple illustrations, like Burning Man, and progressed to more complex and sophisticated styles like The Anniversary of Pinocchio’s Publication. As technology has grown and developed, so have doodles. In 2011, users got to explore 20,000 leagues under the sea with Jules Verne and share a tune they strummed on the Les Paul guitar.