Google announces fifth Doodle contest for K-12 grade students

Summary:While the Google logo is blacked out in opposition of SOPA today, the tech giant has a contest getting started for a new Doodle that will go in that black box's place in a few months.

While many major websites are blacked out today to demonstrate their opposition to SOPA, Google has shown its solidarity by covering up its traditional Google logo and Doodles.

But that doesn't mean the Doodle isn't on Google's agenda today. The Goog has released details about its fifth annual Doodle contest for K-12 grade students.

Google's vice president of product management, Marissa Mayer, was on NBC's The Today Show this morning to promote the Doodle contest, and Mayer also explained more about the theme that judges will be looking for on the official Google blog:

The theme for this year’s contest is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”. That could mean visiting a past, present or future setting—whether it’s traveling back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the future to witness everyday space travel, or to just a few moments ago to relive a poignant experience.

Interested participants are asked to sketch their Doodles about this theme and submit it along with an entry form by March 20.

This contest isn't really a joke either. The winning doodler will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and another $50,000 technology grant will go to his or her school.

Google recently announced details about another one of its major projects for elementary and high school students. Google's second annual science fair is underway and is accepting entries through April 1.

To take a look back at the international science fair that Google sponsored last year, check out our on-the-scene coverage and gallery.


Topics: Google


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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