This seems to be the season of contests for kids -- from inventing a winning invention to doodling a design that might appear on Google's homepage. Here are a few opportunities:
The Boy Scouts of America and Edison Nation are looking for boys and girls ages 7 to 21 who might have an idea for the next big invention. Winners receive royalties for life, are named "inventor" on patents and appear on the "Everyday Edisons" TV series. Enter by May 7 at edisonnation.com.
Google invites students from kindergarten to 12th grade to submit a Google doodle with the theme of "If I could travel in time, I'd visit. . . ." for its 2012 Doodle 4 Google contest. The winner's artwork will be displayed on the Google homepage in May and on a Crayola crayon box. The winner also receives a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school. The deadline is March 20; visit google.com/doodle4google.
Kohl's is accepting nominations for the 2012 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program, which recognizes kids ages 6 to 18 for volunteerism; prizes range from $50 Kohl's gift cards to $10,000 scholarships. Enter by March 15 at kohlskids.com.