Google just announced the winner of the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition: 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from Long Island, New York! For the seventh year, Google asked children from grades K-12 to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. Audrey’s work, Back to Mother Nature, is a fantastical water purifier that turns dirty polluted water into fresh, clean H2O. The doodle has been animated and can be seen on the Google homepage today!
This year’s competition theme was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” and it attracted more than 100,000 entries from across the country. From these submissions Google selected 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national age group winners. Audrey is a three-time state finalist in the competition and this year her work received the most votes nationally for her age group. A panel of judges then selected her doodle for the major prize.
Audrey’s artist’s statement reads: “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.” For the first time in the competition’s history it was decided to animate the winning doodle, so Audrey got to spend a day at Google HQ in California to work on this with Google animators.
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For her efforts, Audrey wins a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school. Googlealso said they loved her work so much they’ve donated $20,000 in her name to charity:water to go towards providing clean water to schools in Bangladesh.
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