Public Voting Open for Doodle4Google

This year’s Doodle4Google theme is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Google has announced its 50 winners from each state to take the next step in the annual Doodle4Google competition with public voting.  Every year, young artists across the nation, from kindergarten through 12th grade, enter their Doodles to be selected by guest judges. Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite from each grade category.

The winner’s doodle will be featured on Google’s homepage, and he or she will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.

Here are a few of my favorite doodles and their explanations from each grade category:

"Clean Our World With Litterbot" by Annaliese Tester, Dayton City School, TN

“Clean Our World With Litterbot” by Annaliese Tester, Dayton City School, TN

K-3rd Grade: Clean Our World With Litterbot 

“My invention is a robot that can use litter as fuel and make clean air, too. “Litterbot” eats litter and makes the world a cleaner place to live.”

"Imagination Transportation" by Shashi Arnold, East Silver Spring Elementary, MD

“Imagination Transportation” by Shashi Arnold, East Silver Spring Elementary, MD

4th-5th Grade: Imagination Transportation 

“So many times I sit down in a cardboard box and fly. You must admit, it would be pretty cool if our transportation was fueled by imagination because pollution wouldn’t be so bad. Plus, everyone could use a little imagination in their lives.”

"The Universal Nexus" by Ryan Shea, Creighton Middle School, CO

“The Universal Nexus” by Ryan Shea, Creighton Middle School, CO

6th-7th Grade: The Universal Nexus

“The doodle displays the invention of a Universal Nexus: a connection between humans to humans and worlds to worlds. The nexus- which, by definition, links places and ideas- would allow us to explore the universe to its absolute potential and create junctions between our past, present, and future.”

"Looking through another's eyes" by Yanming Wen, Southern Lehigh High School, PA

“Looking through another’s eyes” by Yanming Wen, Southern Lehigh High School, PA

8th-9th Grade: Looking Through Another’s Eyes

“I feel like the world would be a better place if one could invent a way of understanding others’ viewpoints – the girl here is using these glasses to view the world from the little boy’s perspective.”

10th-12th Grade: The Dream Machine 

"The Dream Machine" by Paul Nong, Burnsville Senior High School, MN

“The Dream Machine” by Paul Nong, Burnsville Senior High School, MN

“It’s been said that people, in actuality, are only half their age because we spend half our lives sleeping. If dreams are our way of being productive and creative while nearly comatose, then we might as well do it our way. And why not share the experience with others too?”

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