Kids are great. Their optimism, unique view of the world, and relentless energy are refreshing, and Google tapped into that with its Doodle 4 Google contest, which was won this year by an 11-year-old.
“For our 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition, we asked kids, grades K-12, to draw an invention that would make the world a better place,” reads the contest page. “Out of more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners, we are excited to present the 2014 Doodle 4 Google winner: 11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York!”
Audrey’s drawing was of a “transformative water purifier” that would quickly process dirty or polluted water from rivers, lakes, and oceans, and convert it into clean drinking water. Google also decided to animate her drawing, which is a nice touch.
In addition to a great memory and a fun time at Google, Audrey went home with a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school, and Google also donated $20,000 to charity:water (a group working to bring clean drinking water to Bangladesh schools) in her name.