"Doodle 4 Google" will offer one lucky US winner a college scholarship and the chance to animate their own design for the Google homepage.
The theme for this year's competition is: "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." and the closing date for artistic entries will be March 20.
But as well as inspiring children, Google is attempting to use the competition as a platform for parent and teacher interaction.
The company is offering videos and activities to help educators and families get their kids enthused and there will even be "meet the Doodler" Connected Classroom sessions during which children can talk to the team responsible for animating Google's homepage.
This year's winner will get to serve as an honorary Google Doodler for the day at the company's headquarters and work alongside the team to turn the Doodle into an animation. The winner will also receive a US$30,000 (RM99,750) college scholarship and a Google for Education technology grant of US$50,000 (RM166,250) for his or her school.
Once the March 20 submission deadline has passed, entries will be judged by a panel that includes astronaut Ron Garan and authors Rick Riordan, Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket and Mary Pope Osborne, among others. They will select 50 finalists — one from each US state — who on April 29 will go up for a public vote.
Although the contest, now in its seventh year, is only open to US children, Google will be running similar competitions in other countries as 2014 progresses. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2014
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