Recognizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for a prosperous future, both leaders in industry and academia encourage students to pursue studies and careers in these disciplines. Many educators and businesses, including Google, also appreciate the integral role of art and design in driving innovation. For them, STEM plus Art = STEAM.
Doodle 4 Google
Google will support their belief in STEAM with the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition, enticing us with the line, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” on the homepage of their search engine. The competition’s description goes on to state:
Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.
Parents and teachers—encourage your aspiring K-12 student artists and scientists to doodle their version of the Google logo based on the theme of making the world a better place. Google believes that “the most ambitious ideas and untethered creativity of young people can help make the world a better place.” Through the contest, they hope to inspire students to think and dream big.
Doodles will be grouped and judged in five different age groups by a multi-disciplinary team including authors, an astronaut, a LEGO robotics designer, a college president, and others. Doodles will be judged against the following criteria: artistic merit, creativity, how well the theme is expressed, and appropriateness of the supporting statement.
In addition to the national winner, Google will also award 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national finalists. Submissions can be made online or by mail at Doodle 4 Google, PO Box 510006, New Berlin, WI 53151.
March 20: Deadline for entries
April 29: 50 state winners announced and public voting starts
May 9: Public voting ends
May 21: Award celebration for 50 state winners at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA
June 9: Winning animated doodle displayed on the Google homepage
Need a little inspiration? Take a look at the thousands of Google doodles created all over the world over the past 16 years.
Who ever said doodling is a waste of time?