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Let Your Child 'Doodle' and Enter Google Art Contest For College Scholarship

March 16, 2012

Vanessa De La Torre, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

Google Doodle of the Gumby gang.
Google Doodle of the Gumby gang.

Does your kid doodle? How about for $30,000?

That's the top prize for whoever wins the "Doodle 4 Google" art contest for K-12 students in the United States.

Google employees and a panel of guest judges that includes singers Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks will pick the top "doodle" artwork based on the theme, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."

Connecticut will have its own state winner and finalists. Entries can be drawn digitally or with markers, crayons or paint.

Among the 50 state winners, who will have their artwork exhibited at the New York Public Library, four national finalists will be chosen. Each finalist will get a $5,000 college scholarship, a trip to New York and a digital design tablet.

The prizes for the national winner, to be announced May 17, include the $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for the student's school and a Google Chromebook computer. The artwork also will be featured on the search giant's homepage.

Detailed contest information is at

Artists need to be move quickly: Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday and be received by next Friday, March 23.

In case you were wondering, Google makes this fact clear: "No doodles from parents. Got it?"

Last year, more than 107,000 entries were submitted, according to the company. Second-grader Matteo Lopez from San Bruno, Calif., snagged the grand prize.

Source: (c)2012 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.)

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