This Year's Google Doodle Award Goes to One Talented 11-Year-Old
byKaitlin StanfordJun 10, 2014
A whopping 100,000+ entries were submitted this year for the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which called upon kids from kindergarten through 12th grade to "doodle" inventions with one purpose: to make the world a better place.
After all 100,000+ entries were combed over, judged and decided upon, the lucky winning artist was announced — by being featured right on the Google homepage Monday.
The lucky doodler was 11-year-old Audrey Zhang, who drew a brilliant image of a water purification system around the Google logo. She titled it simply: "Back to Nature," and if you happened to have Googled something yesterday, you probably saw it:
Yep; we can't believe an 11-year-old whipped that up, either. And we can't imagine how excited she was to see it animated once the drawing went live.
But the talented fifth-grader, who hails from Levittown, New York, got more than just the thrill of seeing her drawing on the most highly trafficked search engines ever — she also walked away with a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant that went straight to her school. (Wow!) But that's not all: Google.org also donated $20,000 in the young girl's name to a charity that helps provide clean drinking water to Bangladesh schools.
Zhang herself explains her doodle in the video below, proving she's not just a gifted artist — she's one smart little cookie, too.
"To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier," she says. "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."