Virtual field trip will show students how Google doodles come to life
As part of the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google  competition, Discovery Education  and Google  are taking students from across the U.S. behind the scenes to meet the team of artists who create the doodles on Google’s home page.
Through a live virtual field trip, students nationwide will have a chance to hear from the Google illustrators and engineers behind the world-renowned doodles. “From Sketches to the Google Homepage” will broadcast live from Google headquarters on Wednesday, March 5, at 1 p.m. ET.
The virtual field trip will give students a first-hand look at how a doodle comes to life—including the brainstorming, design tools, and science behind the process. In addition, Sabrina Brady, the 2013 Doodle 4 Google competition winner, will discuss how she created her doodle and is pursuing her dreams in art school.
“Discovery Education is thrilled to work with Google to inspire students nationwide with real-world experiences that deepen engagement,” said Lori McFarling, chief marketing officer for Discovery Education, in a press release.
“Sparking student curiosity not only ignites innovative thinking, but also serves as a critical ingredient in creating the problem-solvers that will be so critical to the workforce of the future.”
The Doodle 4 Google competition invites K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big, redesigning the Google home page logo for millions to see—with the chance to become an honorary Google doodler for a day.
“Each year, we are so impressed by the talents and ideas coming from these kids. This year’s theme about invention is especially close to our heart at Google, since throughout history, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles,” said Ryan Germick, Doodle Team leader. “I can’t wait to see what the students come up with this year.”
In addition to the virtual field trip, Discovery Education has teamed up with Google to develop classroom resources designed to kick-start creativity in K-12 classrooms, including free videos and corresponding activity packs.
To register for the virtual field trip or access the free materials, go to: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/doodle4google/ .