Google Canada announced on Friday October 11, that they're launching Canada’s first Doodle 4 Google contest for kids. Chris O'Neill, Managing Director Google Canada even posted a blog about this on the Official Google Canada Blog site. Winners will be announced here at the ROM in February, 2014, and the finalists' drawings will even be on display in one of the ROM’s galleries for visitors to see.
The first question you may have is "What is a Google doodle"? Normally on Google’s search home page you will see the Google logo. But every now and then they replace it with a version of the logo specially designed to commemorate some event or historic anniversary. Click here to see a history of the Google Doodles that have been used on Google.ca
The Doodle 4 Google contest is open to students from kindergarten to grade 12. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013. Just go to the Doodle 4 Google website for contest submission rules and more information or to download an entry form. There are several categories and some great prizes. The grand prize winner even get to have their doodle used on Google Canada’s home page for a day for all to see. There’s also a $10,000 scholarship and a $10,000 grant for the winner's school!
Judging will be based on several considerations including artistic merit, creativity, originality and theme communication. And the theme for this year is "If I could invent anything, I would invent...." So get inspired by your visit to the ROM, maybe by seeing some of the inventions in the exhibition “Mesopotamia: Inventing Your World”. The ROM’s Director and CEO, Janet Carding, is also getting involved by being one of the guest judges who help to narrow down the submissions. Canadians will then vote online for the overall winner from among the top five national finalists.
Get inspired and, then, get doodling.