Google Doodle Competition

Imagining the world without Google is pretty difficult this day and age, but even when I was a child, it simply didn’t exist. Now, I use Google umpteen times a day and don’t think I would make it through a single college research paper without the search engine. 

If you’re anything like my professor, John Robinson, you’re not only drawn to Google because of its ability to help you learn about any topic in the world, you’re drawn to it because of its, well, drawings. I’m talking Google Doodles, people.

According to Google, “Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.” The first Doodle was born in 2000, and since, over 1000 Google Doodles have been created for the site.

These Doodles are designed by a team of illustrators, and they are an entertaining change of pace from the typical Google logo. Google engages its users because a lot of them can’t wait to see what Doodle Google comes up with next.

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Switzerland Children’s Day 2013 (November 20, 2013)

So this year, Google announced it’s doing good with its Doodles, launching a competition for kids and teens to come up with a Google Doodle, in the hopes of winning a $30,000 college scholarship, as well as a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for their school. The theme for this years competition is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place,” so Doodles should reflect this idea. Entrants from kindergarten to high school are welcome to enter and can submit as many entries as they please.

Google is propelling its popular Doodle page to help spark ideas in children, the world’s future, and I for one am excited to see what these kids come up with to make the world a better place.

If you love Google Doodles, too, but aren’t quite in the kindergarten to high school age range, feel free to send any Google Doodle ideas you may have to proposals@google.com – user suggestions are welcome!

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Uplift Monday: J.J. Watt’s Remarkable Friendship

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Monday Blues are a real thing. They really are. There is nothing more dreaded than knowing that the weekend is coming to an end and that it’s back to the grind. Mondays are dreaded by almost everyone (I mean just look at that eCard), but they are a sad reality.

That’s why I’ve decided to start what will (hopefully) become a weekly post called Uplift Monday. I will share an uplifting story or video that will get your week started on the right foot.

For my first Uplift Monday post, I’m sharing this amazing video from ESPN: J.J. Watt’s Remarkable Friendship

This 295-pound defensive end for the Houston Texans is nothing short of inspiring; his character is, as ESPN says, remarkable. He gives of his time (which I doubt as an NFL player he has much free) to take care of these kids and to look out for them. He has brought back joy to these children’s lives after so much was taken from them, and he is a hero to be admired.

There is nothing more special than giving of yourself to help others. While sometimes we may not all recognize that we have things to offer to the world, just remember that you do. Even the smallest acts of kindness do not go unnoticed – a simple smile, a hug, a compliment. No matter how big or how small your giving ability, remember to give to those in need. Albert Einstein put it best, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

Have a great week!