Doodle 4 Google 2015 Contest is Back for US Students

Google kicked off its annual contest "Doodle for Google" for the year 2015 in the United States that is open to students to show the world what makes them unique.

"Today we’re kicking off the 2015 Doodle 4 Google art competition, where creative and curious students across the U.S. vie to take over the Google homepage for a day with their artwork."

This year’s theme is “What makes me…me,” and it invites students K-12 to participate with an art in the form of a doodle highlighting what makes them unique. But this year’s doodle goes with another twist.

As "Doodle 4 Google" is into its 8th year, (if Doodle 4 Google were a kid, it’d be a third grader), so the online search giant has decided to let children’s imagination go wild.

For the first time, there are no constraints on medium: students can cook, build, cut, spin, paint, or mold their doodle–basically use any material they like as long as they incorporate the letters G-O-O-G-L-E.

The Doodle team itself has used a variety of unexpected materials over the years; for example, one Earth Day, they grew a bed of flowers to spell out the doodle.

"Here you can see how I decided to express “me”! I made my doodle out of clay, baked it in the oven, and painted it with acrylic paint. The succulent was taken from my garden," said Sophie Diao, Doodler, on behalf of the Doodle Team.

For more tips, visit the Doodle 4 Google website. "We anticipate a whole lot of creative use of pottery, crochet, cookie dough and more by students (although of course we want all the drawings and paintings too!), so we figured we need some help picking out the winning artwork," she said.

The judges include professional basketball player Stephen Curry, astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle, director and author BJ Novak, professional soccer player Alex Morgan, Emmy-award winner Julie Bowen and animator Glen Keane (and more as the website shows).

The National Winner will have his or her artwork displayed on the Google homepage for millions to see, and of course, receive $30,000 towards a college scholarship, and meet and work with the Doodle team on a visit to Mountain View, Calif. The school will also receive $50,000 to spend on technology.

Last date to submit is until December 7.

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