CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Google's fifth annual Doodle 4 Google contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is now open. This year's theme is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..." The entry deadline is March 20, and only one entry is allowed per student.
The national winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, a T-shirt featuring his or her doodle and a trip to New York for an awards ceremony May 17. Plus, his or her design will appear on the Google homepage for a day and also on a special edition of a Crayloa 64-crayon box.
This year, for the first time, a winner will be chosen from every state, selected from five finalists. A panel of Google employees will pick the finalists based on artistic merit, creativity and how well the theme is communicated in the work. One finalist will be picked from each age group (grades K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12).
Guest judges and Google's own team of doodlers will choose the state winners. Guest judges include Katy Perry, Jordin Sparks, "Phineas and Ferb" creator Jeff "Swampy Marsh" and Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, the author and illustrator team behind "The Spiderwick Chronicles."
From those 50 winners, a national finalist in each age group will be chosen by the U.S. public via online voting May 2-10. All state winners will win a trip to the awards ceremony and a T-shirt with their doodle on it. Plus, the four national runners-up each win a $5,000 college scholarship and a Wacom digital design tablet.
Additionally, the contest has partnered with museums to feature the top doodlers in each state. In West Virginia, it's the Huntington Museum of Art, where the finalists' doodles will be on display from May 22-June 26.
For more details, including full contest rules and entry forms, visit www.google.com/doodle4google.