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Doodle 4 Google contest challenges students to doodle creative inventions

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It's time for your young artist to think big, dream big and doodle big. The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all kids in grades K-12.

The Doodle 4 Google competition began Feb. 4 and entries are accepted until March 20. This year's theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."

This is the seventh year Google has hosted the Doodle 4 Google competition in the U.S. The national winner for 2013 was 17-year-old Sabrina Brady.

Teachers and parents can download entry forms on the Doodle 4 Google website above. Only one doodle per student will be accepted; however, there is no limit to the number of entries per family or classroom.

Doodle entries can be uploaded at the Doodle 4 Google website or submitted by mail. All entries must be received by March 20, 2014.

Judges include astronaut Ron Garan, author of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan, Google Captain of Moonshoot Astro Teller, directors of The LEGO Movie Chris and Phil, president of RISD school Rosanne Somerson, robotics designer Lee Magpili, and authors Lemony Snicket and Mary Pope Osborne.

The 50 state finalists will be announced on April 29, 2014. Public voting will be used to select the national winner. All 50 finalists will enjoy a fun-filled day of creative workshops at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

The winner of the competition will become an honorary Google Doodler for a day. The Doodle team will assist the winner in animating the 2014 Doodle for Google, which will appear on the Google homepage for a day in June 2014.

The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for their school.

Google celebrates the creativity, imagination and passion of its younger users with the Doodle 4 Google competition. At the website, there are classroom activities to help students get their imaginations flowing.

For more information about Doodle 4 Google, visit the website. Let your student's imagination take over and doodle away.

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