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Google kicks off logo design competition for kids

Google this week kicked off a doodling competition to give school kids a chance to design a logo for the company’s search homepage. The fourth annual Doodle 4 Google competition is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the U.S.

“In the spirit of thinking big, our theme this year is ‘What I’d like to do someday…’—giving all of the talented young dreamers an opportunity to flex their creative muscles.” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of consumer products, in a blog post. “We know this crop of students will be the generation of tomorrow’s leaders and inventors, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

The young designer who submits the winning entry will earn a $15,000 scholarship and the fame and glory that will inevitably come from having designed Google’s homepage. Not only that, but unlike Paul Cézanne, whose still-life “doodle” was featured on the Internet giant’s homepage the day the competition was announced, the artist will get to enjoy seeing their work displayed while still very much alive.

In addition to the scholarship, the winner will also earn a $25,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Google employees, actress Whoopi Goldberg, ice skater Evan Lysacek, and Garfield creator Jim Davis. The top 40 entries will be put on display at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Parents and teachers can register entries through March 2 and doodles are to be submitted by March 16. The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 20. Only one doodle per child, please.