Offaly students in the hunt for ‘Doodle 4 Google’ title

Four Offaly students have been named as finalists in the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google competition.

Four Offaly students have been named as finalists in the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google competition.

They are now amongst 75 Irish students in with a chance of having their doodle displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for millions of people to see. Everyone in Offaly is now being urged to visit www.google.ie/doodle4google and vote for Conor, Darrell, Annie and Caoimhe.

The following students are among 75 regional finalists in with a chance of winning the competition: Conor Ryan (Group 3) from Scoil Bhride, Kilcormac; Darrell Lally (Group 4) from St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr; Annie Nichols (Group 4) from St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr; Caoimhe Mahon (Group 5) from Banagher College Collaiste Na Sionna, Banagher.

The 75 finalists were selected by a panel of judges, including rugby player Robert Kearney, Gary Granville, Professor of Education at the National College of Art and Design and Marianne Kelly, former Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The finalists will now battle it out to top the public vote and to win the Doodle 4 Google title.

Voting will close on the 4th of March. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the final where one of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.

John Herlihy, Head of Google Ireland, said, “This year we had the most entries that we’ve ever had, over 2,500, so our judging panel had an extremely tough time selecting the 75 finalists. Every one of our entrants should be tremendously proud of their success. Now, it’s over to the public to select our five class group winners. So I urge everyone in Offaly to go online, check out the fantastic creativity of our finalists and to vote for their favourite.”

The five class group winners and their teachers will receive a Chromebook each. The overall winner will have their doodle shown on the Google Ireland homepage for a full day in April 2013. The winner’s school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant from Google and for the first time the winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies.

For more information and to vote for the winning doodles go to: www.google.ie/doodle4google/

The Doodle 4 Google competition was launched in October 2012. Open to all primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland, students were asked to create a doodle based on the theme ‘My invention...’.

From time to time Google changes its logo for special occasions or to mark events and these are known as doodles – the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on the website’s home page.

Entries were accepted in 5 categories – three primary school categories and two secondary school categories. At Primary level, Group 1 comprises Junior and Senior Infants. Group 2 comprises 1st and 2nd class. Group 3 comprises 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class. At secondary level, Group 4 comprises 1st, 2nd and 3rd year and Group 5 comprises transition, 5th and 6th year.

The expert judging panel included including rugby player Robert Kearney, Gary Granville, Professor of Education at the National College of Art and Design and Marianne Kelly, former Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The entries were judged on both artistic merit and how well students explained what the theme ‘My Invention…’ means to them.

Along with having their doodle displayed on the Google homepage in Ireland in April 2013, the winner will also receive a Chromebook for themselves and one for their teacher and the winning school will receive a €10,000 technology grant. For the first time the winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies.

19 counties in Ireland are represented in the online vote and the finalists will need the public’s help to get to the final stage of the competition when the Google Doodle team will select the final overall winner at a gala event at Google’s European Headquarters’ in Dublin in April.