Google, doodle, Audrey Zhang, New York, pure water
What would you do if you knew one billion people were going to see a work of art you'd created, one that would debut at midnight?
If you were 11-year-old Audrey Zhang, you'd go to bed--because midnight is way past your bedtime. That's what she told her local newspaper,Newsday.
Zhang, a student at Island Trees Middle School in Levittown, New York, won first place in Google's annual Doodle 4 Google competition.
Zhang's drawing of a fantastical machine the purifies water debuted on Google's search page Monday just after midnight.
The theme for this year's contest was "If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place,"
Zhang said of her work, "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."
The contest is open to children from kindergarten through 12th grade. There were more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners.
Zhang got to come out to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. in April to work with Google animators to turn her drawing into a cartoon. On Monday the cartoon graces the main landing page of Google's search engine.
"As an animator and director for a day, she made sure we twinkled each light and cleaned the water just right and took extra care for the illustration's dragons—about whom she is also writing a novel," the company said.
Zhang (pronounced "Jhang") also won a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school. The company also donated $20,000 in her name to a charity that provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh.
You can see the other winners on Google's Doodle page.
Zhang isn't just a consummate doodler, she's also perseverant. This was her third year as a finalist in the contest.