Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has partnered with Google Inc. for its “Doodle 4 Google” design competition. K-12 students from across the country are challenged to think like designers, using Google’s iconic logo to convey their hopes and dreams inspired by the theme, “What I wish for the world.”
On May 21, 2009 the winning student’s design will be the doodle of the day on the Google home page. The top four designs along with the 40 regional winners will be featured in a special exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt (May 21–July 5, 2009). The exhibition will focus on the problem-solving nature of the design process and will include educational programs for teachers and students.
Students’ designs will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, representation of the theme and other criteria. A panel of independent judges and representatives from Google and Cooper-Hewitt will select the top doodles across age groups, from which the public will help select the final four designs. The grand-prize winner will be announced at an event hosted at Cooper-Hewitt and the Google New York Office on May 20, 2009. The doodle will be displayed on the Google home page the following day. Courtesy of Google, the champion “doodler” will also receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for the student’s school. This year’s competition also includes a $10,000 award to recognize the school district with the greatest-quality participation.
Teachers may register their class online by going to www.google.com/doodle4google. Registration closes March 17, 2009 and all entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2009. Further information, competition details, videos, and past doodles are also available at www.google.com/doodle4google.