We all know how Google likes to switch things up on their search home page with special themes for seasons and celebrations. They also like to get kids in on the fun, and last October kicked off their annual Doodle 4 Google art competition, asking students to create a doodle to tell the world “What makes me…me.” This time around, they added a little twist: for the first time in eight years of Doodle 4 Google, there were no restrictions on the medium or materials kids could use to create a doodle.
Kids took them up on the challenge. A quarter of all finalists used some non-traditional media—from clay and wood to origami, photographs and sheets of music—in their submission.
Yesterday, Googlers hosted surprise assemblies at schools from Waterville, Maine to Waipahu, Hawaii to celebrate the winners of each state and thank the teachers and parents who have encouraged them along the way. And for the first time ever, they announced winners for Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico.
Now the finalists need your votes for a shot at having their doodle make it onto the Google homepage. Starting today through Feb 22, head to the Doodle 4 Google site to vote for your favorite artwork for each grade group.
The winner and four runners-up will be announced on March 21st and you will see the winning doodle on the Google home page.
Check out this year’s talented set of finalists and vote for your favorite!