Did you happen to notice today's Google doodle?
Pretty impressive, right? Would you ever have guessed that it was created by a middle schooler? (Image courtesy of Google.com.)
The doodle is the work of 11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York, the 2014 Doodle 4 Google winner. Doodle 4 Google is an annual competition held by Google where students are given the chance to create a logo to be featured on the Google homepage. This year's participating Doodle 4 Google students, grades K-12, were asked to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. Zhang was selected as this year's honoree out of more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners.
In April, Google representatives came to Zhang's school to crown her the contest's New York State winner for the second consecutive year. The company then flew all the state finalists from across the country to its headquarters in Mountain View, California for educational workshops and an awards ceremony. There, Zhang learned that her doodle had garnered the most online votes in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, making her a national finalist, and a panel of judges had selected her to be the overall winner.
Zhang received a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school. In addition, Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, donated $40,000 in her name to charity:water, which provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Google.com.)
On her design, Zhang stated, "To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water. When humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life."
Zhang's doodle was one of many amazing contributions to Doodle 4 Google this year. We encourage you to take a look at the outstanding national grade group winners. View the 2014 Doodle 4 Google video featuring Zhang and this year's finalists below.
According to Google.com, Doodle 4 Google is easily the Doodle team’s favorite event of the year. Getting to spend the day with 50 incredibly talented young doodlers is inspiring and truly reaffirms the company's values in curiosity, creativity, imagination, and innovation.
For more info on Doodle 4 Google, visit Google.com/Doodle4Google.