Google is sponsoring a contest for k-12 students called "Doodle 4 Google". Using the theme "What if...?" students doodle over the famous Google logo to create something unique such as the example I have here for Einstein's birthday. If selected, it will be posted on their site for a day and the student wins a prize as does the school.
They offer teacher resource guides with suggestions for activities to use with your students. If you are going to participate notice that you need to register your school. The topic is so broad it could be tied into a social studies or science class fairly easily. Make it an interdisciplinary project. Venture beyond that dusty old computer lab and talk to some of those other teachers who work in your building. Check it out...it could be fun.
- Register by March 28, 2008.
- Doodle Entry Deadline is April 12, 2008.
- State Finalists and Regional Winners notified by May 7, 2008
- Online Public Vote May 12-18, 2008
- Awards Ceremony and National Winners Announced on May 21, 2008
- Winning Doodle on the Google Homepage may 22, 2008
Video of various doodles that have been used in the past.
Interesting video showing a doodle being designed. When kids ask if anyone uses a program like Illustrator, show them this. (Not sure if it is Illustrator....but it's a vector program of some sort?)
[Image: Captured from Doodle for Google: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/]