Google and Discovery Education give students a look at Google Doodles

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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 Google’s doodles.

Offering classrooms nationwide 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 tell her story of how she created her touching 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, Discovery Education. “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 homepage 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. I can’t wait to see what the students come up with this year,” said Ryan Germick, Doodle Team Lead.

In addition to the virtual field trip, Discovery Education worked alongside Google to create classroom resources designed to kick start creativity in K-12 classrooms including free videos and corresponding activity packs.

“Cutting-edge classroom resources like this virtual field trip give our students the opportunity to see and experience the powerful results that so often come from the marriage of creativity and science,” said Selena Ward, Instructional Lead Teacher for Arts Integration, Northwestern High School, Prince George’s County Public Schools. “This new content is inspiring our students to think in creative, original ways, and showing them how the creative process, coupled with science and engineering, are put to work at one of the world’s most innovative companies.”

To register for the virtual field trip or access the free materials, please visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/doodle4google/.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education atwww.discoveryeducation.com.

About Google Inc.

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