Create your own Google logo, with support from Google

Update 12/14/17: Hour of Code surveys are now closed. We're so glad that so many teachers and classrooms got to benefit from this activity and love all the creative Google logos. We'll update this page if more funding becomes available. 

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Thanks to our friends at Google, 4th–8th grade public school teachers who engage their students in a “Create your own Google logo” Hour of Code activity can earn a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift code—and have the opportunity to receive one of five  other grand prizes (including $5,000 in DonorsChoose.org credits for your school!).

Here’s how it works

  1. Explore how this Hour of Code activity will work in your classroom. Some added context:
    • Neither you nor your students need any prior computer science knowledge to participate. See g.co/csfirst/logo-teachers for lesson plans and materials.
    • The “Create your own Google logo” activity takes 15 to 60 mins to complete. It starts with an introduction video, and then your students will get the chance to use basic coding principles to make their own version of the Google logo.
    • Don’t have enough computers for all your students? Check out the activity lesson plans for tips on adaptations for having students work in pairs or small groups.
  2. When you’re ready to teach your Hour of Code lesson, send your students to g.co/csfirst/logo. Help at least ten students complete the activity (and the survey below) to qualify for rewards.  Note: if multiple teachers at your school are participating, be sure each teacher completes the activity with at least ten students who haven’t yet done it to qualify for rewards.
  3. After you’ve completed the Hour of Code with your class, ask your students (at least ten) to fill out this 5-10 minute survey: g.co/csfirst/logo-survey (survey closed).
  4. Fill out this ten-minute-or-less teacher feedback survey (survey closed).
    • You’ll need to share links to 3+ of your students’ completed projects, so be sure to have those handy.
      • To save and share the projects your students create when using the “Create your own Google logo” activity, your students will need to create Scratch accounts. You can learn more about creating an account on the Scratch website here.
      • If creating Scratch accounts isn’t a possibility or an ideal option to pursue, you can take a screenshot and load it into a Google Doc or Google Drive folder that you can provide the link to. If you go that route, please make sure you ensure we're able to view the file.
    • We’ll also ask you to share your best idea for encouraging kids to take the leap from their first exposure to coding into coding as a hobby. Five teachers with the most innovative ideas will earn one of five prizes, listed below.
  5. $100 gift codes will be distributed while funds last, and we’ll update this page if we’re ever running low. For the best chance of receiving a gift code, complete the activity by December 20.
  6. We’ll email qualifying teachers their gift code by January 15.

FAQ on Creating your own Google Logo

Q: How will I know if I've qualified for the $100 reward?

A: All you need to do to qualify is to help at least ten students complete the activity and the survey at g.co/csfirst/logo-survey, as well as complete  survey yourself, which asks you to share links to a few students' projects. If you've taken those steps before December 20, then you should be all set! No account creation is necessary on the CS First website, so we are not verifying students through a dashboard. Voucher codes will be released by the DonorsChoose.org team as the program concludes, and not on a rolling basis. 

 

Grand Prizes

Teachers who submitted their best ideas for how to spark a passion for coding in kids before November 22 earned one of five grand prizes:

  1. $5,000 in DonorsChoose.org classroom funding - Ms. Monique Dewar Dituri
  2. A Google Hangout for her class with a member of the Google Doodle team - Mrs. Jessica Hanford
  3. A Google Hangout for your class with Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org - Mrs. Heather White
  4. 500 assorted Google Doodle stickers for your classroom - Mrs. Jodi Schorr
  5. Student’s coded logo creation featured by Google during CSEdWeek this year