You might have notices that every now and then, Google adds an illustration to its home page, changing the appearance of its logo in honor of a holiday or historical event. Google is currently holding a “Doodle4Google” contest until December 7th.
This contest is an opportunity where “young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day.” We thought this was a great opportunity for the students to really let their imaginations run wild!
We brought back some materials/ activities from previous weeks (batteries, LED’s, Lego’s, and LittleBits Kits) so that the students could build on what they’ve learned and incorporate these elements into their Google Doodle somehow. We also had a junk box filled with assorted paper, yarn, and other fun materials that the students could use.
Being that they essentially had a blank canvas, the possibilities were endless. Some were a bit unsure where to start and took some time to explore some materials before they got started on a design. Other students dove straight into the junk box and started pulling out different materials, figuring it out as they went. Every now and then, a student would simply color in the logo and stop there, saying that they had no other ideas. Some of our mentors sat with them and created some silly and wild designs, helping the students look beyond the literal logo and not be afraid to get a little crazy.
All throughout the activity, the room was abuzz with excitement and lots of creative energy!
You can see more of our students’ AWESOME Doodles here.