It’s not often that contests come along where the winning prize includes making a positive difference, but right now there are two just like that which we think all kids, parents and educators should know about.
You know how when you visit Google on various holidays, they’ve done something really fun with their logo to commemorate the occasion? With their contest, Doodle 4 Google, kids from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to have some fun with their logo using the open-ended theme of, “What if…?”. A panel of judges will pick 40 of their favorites, and then the general public votes for 4 national finalists, and one overall winner is selected from that group. The school attended by the student with the winning entry will win a $25,000 grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab, while the individual winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, a laptop, a trip to the Googleplex and a t-shirt with their drawing printed on it. The folks at Google have even come up with ways to incorporate their contest into existing lesson plans for all age groups. If your school, or your child’s school, is not yet participating, you have until March 28th to register. Be sure to visit the contest’s website for details.
Grammy-winning artist Common is at the front of a contest with MTV’s It’s Your [Sex] Life campaign. The contest, called A:Minute, asks anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 to write one minute of original lyrics in any musical style about why people should get tested for HIV. Common will then perform the winning lyrics on all MTV networks. In addition to MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Common Ground Foundation are also sponsoring the contest. Lyrics can be submitted by video, audio or in writing, but they have to be in by midnight on March 27–exactly one month from today.
Well, what are you waiting for? Pick up those markers, paper, pens, crayons, mics and cameras and get going!