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Letter: Students encouraged to enter Google's art contest

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 10:02 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Stimulating a child’s creative thinking and tapping into a young person’s imagination are as vital to the lifelong learning process as are math and reading.

And now, Google is making it a little bit easier — and a whole lot more fun — for us parents to encourage our kids to tap in to their creativity and think outside of the box. Doodle 4 Google is a nationwide contest that will end with one lucky and talented winner having their “doodle” featured on the Google homepage and receiving a $30,000 college scholarship for themselves, plus a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

It sounds great, but what’s a doodle? It’s the fun, interactive, educational and sometimes surprising versions of the Google logo that appear on the Google homepage to celebrate special events, days in history, and influential people. For this year’s contest, K-12 students are asked to create a doodle around the theme “My Best Day Ever …”

Doodle submissions are due by March 22 and can be submitted online or by mail. On May 1, 50 state winning designs will be open to public voting by Google users and celebrity judges, including journalist Katie Couric, musician Ahmir Questlove Thompson of The Roots, Chris Sanders (writer and director of “Lilo & Stitch” and “How to Train Your Dragon”), and Pendleton Ward (creator of “Adventure Time”) will also weigh in. On May 22, these 50 state winners will be flown to New York City for the awards ceremony and contest winner announcement. All state winners will get their artwork displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Public-private partnerships like Doodle 4 Google can be an excellent way to offer new and unique opportunities to students, and I can’t wait to see the fun designs created by our local students.

State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-46th District, Elmhurst

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