WTNH– An elementary school student from Stamford might have a doodle he drew showcased on Google’s homepage. It’s all part of the annual Doodle 4 Google contest.
Every yeah Google holds a contest for students across the country to create one of their popular homepage doodles. One student from each state is selected for the public to vote on.
This year’s Connecticut entrant is Stamford’s Hart Magnet School student Jason E. Rosado. If he wins, his doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on June 9th.
The theme of this year’s contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
Rosado called his doodle “Time Extender.”
“If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place, I would invent a machine to slow down time so we can have longer days. It would float in space and put a force field around Earth to slow down Earth’s rotation,” he told Google about his drawing.
On April 29th, Google’s guest judges chose the fifty state winners for the public to vote from. The doodles were judged based on artistic merit, creativity and theme communication.
The doodles are broken up into five grade based categories: k-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. Ten students are chosen for each category.
Rosado is in the K-3 category.
Not only will the doodle of the winner appear on the Google homepage, but the winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant to their school.
On May 21st, Rosado and the other 49 state winners are invited to attend a celebration held for them at Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, California. Each winner will receive an Android tablet and a t-shirt with their doodle on it.
There they will announce the five finalists, one from each grade group. Those winners will receive a Chromebook, as will their teacher.
The final event will announce the winner of the contest who receives the top prize.
Google explains their reason behind the doodles as “before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles.”
Public voting ends May 9th.