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Know any young, creative geniuses? You’ll want to listen up for their sake. One lucky Canadian student will be granted the chance to design a Google Doodle, the playful reimaginings of Google’s logo that celebrate certain holidays and events.

The media behemoth and virtual epicentre of the Internet is on the hunt for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 who can flex their creative muscle and dream up the next Google Doodle with a theme “What I see for Canada’s future is…” to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

“This year’s theme is open ended, which is good. It allows the students to unleash their creative juices and come up with something unique,” says Sophie Diao, a professional Google Doodler (talk about an awesome title to have on a business card), and one of the contest judges.

On top of having their art displayed on Google.ca’s homepage for a day, the winning student also gets a $10,000 technology grant for their school, a $10,000 scholarship, a Google Chromebook and a paid trip to Toronto for the finale event in June. A stellar opportunity worth encourage your talented children to get excited about.

So just how can you get them inspired? Diao suggests “looking at the things they love about Canada, the things they appreciate, and the things they wish they could change” to spark their imagination.

As for what she’ll be watching for as she digs through submissions: “The biggest thing I’ll be looking for will be creativity, uniqueness and ideas that really take me by surprise,” the artist says. “And doodles that feel really positive and happy. The topic is something that is hopeful, so something that makes me feel like ‘Yeah, that would be awesome if that happened.'”

If your young Vincent van Gogh comes up against a creative block or isn’t confident in their design, Diao has some sound advice. “Being afraid when you’re making art isn’t an honest way to create anything. The best way to make art is to have it come from a place of confidence and wanting to share something that is important.” A takeaway even us adults can appreciate.

Students can submit their work to the Doodle 4 Google contest here until May 2.

“Even if you don’t get selected, you’ll still have a beautiful piece to share with your friends and family. It’s not about winning, but it’s about creating something,” Diao says.

Peek inside the life of a Google Doodler by watching this video below.

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