Doodle 4 Google has always been a very interesting indulgence by the search giant. The latest one definitely follows the trend, but what is inspiring is the fact the doodle was created by an 11-year old.
Today, Google has displayed an intricate and interactive doodle masterpiece created by an 11-year-old Long Island girl. A specially animated version of the drawing that recently won Levittown fifth-grader Audrey Zhang the national 2014 Doodle 4 Google contest went live on the site at midnight Sunday, and will be on display throughout Monday.
Ironically, the girl who created the doodle won’t see it for herself until sunrise. “I have school tomorrow, so I can’t stay up late,” she said. The creative girl was reportedly busy sketching a bird in her sketch-book. Audrey’s caricature, named “Back to Mother Nature,” is surely one of the most forward thinking creations by a girl who isn’t even in her teens yet, and has already started thinking about the implications of the global shortage of natural resources.
Audrey’s illustration has also further inspired the company to give back, reported Newsday. The theme for this year’s contest was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place.” There were over 100,000 entries, and Google flew all the finalists from across the country to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, last month, for educational workshops and an awards ceremony.
Audrey has envisioned a autonomous water purification plant, reported New York Observer. The illustration is set in a forest and features a mythical, winged water purification machine. The machine holds the ability of flying to the locations that have poor water quality, ingest the water, and throw out purified water back into the streams. The girl did not illustrate exactly how the process would take place, neither what the machine did about the extracted pollutants, but the concept itself is applaud-worthy, said the doodle team, who sat down with the 11-year old girl to discuss, at length, about how to bring the caricature to life via the power of graphics and animation.
Google will soon make a donation of $20,000 to a charity that brings clean water and latrines to schools in Bangladesh. Hence, in a way, her creation does work in offering purified water. Audrey also won a $30,000 college scholarship and her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant. Coincidentally, the little girl was among the finalist in last year’s contest.
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