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New Doodle 4 Google contest to pay big for one lucky kid

The winner of the sixth annual competition gets a hefty college scholarship and a technology grant for his or her school.

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A previous contest winner.
A previous contest winner. Google

Here's a chance for your child's drawing to find a platform bigger than the kitchen refrigerator. Google today announced the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google contest, which invites kids to submit a drawing that could appear on the Google homepage -- and to win thousands of dollars for themselves and their schools.

This year's theme is "My Best Day Ever..." Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit a doodle. The winner gets a $30,000 college scholarship and wins a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Google employees will rate the entrants along with a panel of guest judges that include TV host Katie Couric, ?uestlove of the band The Roots; "Lilo & Stitch" director Chris Sanders, and "Adventure Time" creator Pendleton Ward.

Google said 50 state winners will be chosen via a public vote May 1. A national awards ceremony will take place in New York City on May 22. The national winner will be announced there, while state winners will see their work on display in the American Museum of Natural History.

Participants can enter the contest online or by mail. Entries are due March 22 along with a signature from a parent or guardian, and a child can only enter once.

Google posted a video about the contest to get those creative juices flowing: