Digital Media Arts Club 6

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The DMAC-6 Club Logo Winner--Sydney M.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


About the competition

Q: What is the “Doodle 4 Google” competition?

A:Doodle 4 Google is a competition open to K-12 students of U.S. schools to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme is: “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…"

Q:Why is Google doing this competition?

A: Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage. Who better to surprise and delight than talented and creative young artists! Google would not exist today if it weren’t for creativity, passion, and imagination so we love to celebrate and promote these values in our younger users.

Q: Is this the first time you’ve done Doodle 4 Google?

A: We’ve been hosting the Doodle 4 Google competition every year in the U.S. since 2008, so this is our seventh year. The contest is run in many other countries throughout the year as well.

Q: Who was the 2013 winner?

A: The National Winner for Doodle 4 Google in 2013 was Sabrina Brady, 17, from Wisconsin.

Q: Why did you choose the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”?

A: At Google, we believe the most ambitious ideas and untethered creativity of young people can help make the world a better place. Doodle 4 Google is meant to inspire students to think and dream big. Our theme this year, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” is all about curiosity, possibility and imagination.

Q: How can I submit a doodle

A: This year you can submit doodles in two ways (note that Doodles must be received by March 20th):
1) Easy Online submission on our 'Submit' tab. Teachers can also submit multiple submissions at once.
2) By mail at one of these two addresses –
For regular mail: Doodle 4 Google, PO Box 510006, New Berlin, WI 53151
For overnight deliveries: Doodle 4 Google, Promotions Department, 5000 South Towne Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151

Entry information

Q: Who is allowed to submit artwork on behalf of the student?

A: We welcome submissions from parents, teachers, and after school programs. Teacher and after school programs are welcome to submit doodles on behalf of their students as long as the entry form is signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Note that the $50,000 technology grant will go to the winning student’s school regardless of the submission channel. All entrants must be be enrolled in a U.S. based school that is serving grades K-12.

Q: Is there a limit to how many doodles a school, after school program or parent can submit?

A: There is no limit to how many doodles each school, after school program or parent can submit. However, we only accept one original doodle per student.

Q: What happens if two doodles are submitted from the same student?

A: We can only accept one doodle per student. Our judging platform will verify that each doodle submitted is in fact a unique entry. If we receive two entries from the same student, we will accept the doodle that was received first. Any other entries from the same student will be disqualified. We ask that all parents check in with their child’s school before submitting to avoid duplicative efforts.

Q: Do students have to be U.S. citizens to participate?

A: Yes, at the time of submitting the doodle, the student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. legal resident (e.g., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence, for example, a “green card”), be enrolled in a U.S. based school and be living in the U.S. He or she must also obtain their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission to compete in the contest via a signed entry form.

Q: How do parents, teachers or after school program representatives get their children or students involved?

A: It’s simple! Just download the entry form here, print it out, and let the creative juices flow. There’s no right or wrong way to doodle, the more creative and original the better. At this point all doodles must be 2 dimensional, though. Visit our “Classroom Activities” tab for videos and activities to help your students or children get creative.

How long do I have to submit my student’s doodle?

The contest launched on February 4th, 2014. Doodle submissions – signed by a parent or guardian – are due on March 20th, 2014.

Q: Do I have to use plain white paper to print out the entry form and draw the Doodle?

A: While white paper is best, you can utilize other light-colored papers. Papers with light patterns are ok too – just be sure your Doodle is clear and the pattern doesn’t interfere. You can also use a thicker paper stock if you like, but it must be paper, not cardboard or foam board.

Q: Can I just Doodle on and submit a blank 8.5x11 sheet of paper?

A: Unfortunately, no. The doodle must be completed on the official entry form. We have moved to this method of submissions in order to increase legibility when we scan the doodle for judging purposes.

Q: Can I tape my Doodle to the entry form?

A: Yes. If you draw the Doodle on another sheet of paper, you can tape it to the official entry form. Just be sure that the tape is clear, and that the Doodle fits within the lines outlined on the entry form.

Q: Is preregistration required?

A: Nope! All that is needed is a completed entry form signed by the child’s parent or guardian and the doodle.

Q: I’d like to use Photoshop for my entry. Is that ok?

A: Yes, you can use Photoshop. Create your doodle in a new document 1894 pixels high by 2960 pixels wide at 300 dpi. When you are finished, simply open the official entry form in Photoshop to use it as the background layer for a new document and paste your digital doodle in as a second layer. If necessary, move and resize your doodle to fit inside the doodle box. Don’t change the size of the document from the original official form size, and you should be able to print it, and fill the few fields on that page by hand. Hand written entries will be accepted.

Q: What materials are acceptable to be used on the doodle?

A: Eligible Doodles must be two-dimensional and scannable. This include any artistic material that will remain flat on the page. This could include: paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or cray-pas. Computer-generated images are also accepted. This means that any materials that may cause the image to be three-dimensional will not be accepted. This may include, but is not limited to, materials such as puff paint, stickers, pipe cleaners, macaroni, sequins, glitter, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and pom-poms.

Judging & Selection Process

Q: How's the contest judged?

A: Students’ doodles are judged by a combination of Google employees and a panel of Guest Judges. Submissions are divided into five grade groups (Grades K - 3, Grades 4 - 5, Grades 6 - 7, Grades 8 - 9, and Grades 10 - 12) for judging. The judges narrow the total submissions pool down to 250 State Finalists across grade groups. From these State Finalists this panel selects 50 State Winners. We then invite the public to vote online for their favorites. The public vote helps determine the top doodle from each age group; these artists will be named the National Finalists. The National Winner is then selected by Google executives from among the National Finalists and announced at an event held in the Google Headquarters on May 21st, 2014.

Q: What criteria will be used to select the winning doodle?

A: To narrow the entries down to the top 50 State Winners, eligible doodles are judged by Google employees and our Guest Judges against the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit: based on grade group and artistic skill
  • Creativity: based on the representation of the theme and use of the Google logo
  • Theme communication: how well the theme is expressed
  • Appropriateness of the supporting statement.

Q: Who are the guest judges?

A: Each year, we have a panel of Guest Judges to help us judge Doodle 4 Google. We're excited to announce our 2014 dream team of Guest Judges who are inspiring leaders in their fields: Art, Design, Literature, Technology & Innovation and Animation. Google [x] Captain of Moonshots, Astro Teller, Astronaut Ron Garan, RISD President Rosanne Somerson, Directors of The LEGO Movie Chris&Phil, LEGO Education Robotics Designer Lee Magpili, Authors Lemony Snicket and Mary Pope Osborne, Designer and Artist Christoph Niemann and App Developer and Model Lyndsey Scott.

Q: Is the public involved in the voting process?

A: Yes. The public will be invited to vote online from April 29, 2014 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) to May 9, 2014 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). They will be asked to select their favorite doodles, one from each grade group.

Q: What are the different class groups?


  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Q: I read the FAQa and I still have a question, how do I get in touch?

A: You can e-mail us at

D-MAC6 Elected Office:

Please congratulate the new elected officers of our club:

President: Jake B.
VP: Ireland K.
Chairperson: Jack H.
Historians: Austin B. and Lauren K.
Secretary: Emma W.
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