The fourth annual contest has a theme of, "What I'd like to do someday . . ." which Google hopes will whet creative appetites.
Personally, I think it's too vague and the more geeky of the kids who want to create spaceships tend to be more visual than those who want to be poets or veterinarians.
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Winners will be whittled from 400 state finalists to 40 regional finalists, then to three national finalists before a single winner is announced.
Additionally, Google will be adding two After School Program Quality Awards, consisting of 20 netbook computers and a $2,500 grant to a Girl Scouts of the USA troop and the other to a Boys & Girls Clubs of America center.
Competitors must register by March 2, with all doodles postmarked by March 16. Only one entry per student is allowed. The winning entry will be displayed on the Google main page on May 20.