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January 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

New Google doodle contest begins, snow day activity?

Just in time for the Puget Sound region’s snow day — when kids are stuck at home looking for something to do besides play in the snow — Google announced a new version of its Doodle 4 Google contest for K-12 students.

This year’s theme is: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit …”

The top prize is huge: a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 technology grant for the winner’s school.

That’s in addition to the winning doodle gracing the company’s home page on May 18 and appearing on a special box of Crayola crayons.

Competition is steep, though. Last year’s contest drew 107,000 entries.

This year even more entries are likely since Google eliminated the registration process. Now entries are submitted directly to a special website. They’re due by March 20 with a completed entry form.

Judges include Google employees and guests such as musicians Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creator of “Phineas and Ferb.”

State-level winners will be put to a public vote on May 2, and all state winners will be flown to New York for an awards ceremony on May 17.

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