Today, Google announced the winner of its 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which asks kids K-12 to draw a Google doodle of their own inventions to make the world a better place. This year’s national winner is 11-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York, who invented a “transformative water purifier.” “I came up with the design when I learned that not everyone has clean water,” said Zhang when she was announced as the winner.
Zhang was awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant for her school, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown, N.Y. The company also donated $20,000 in her name to charity:water.
In a first this year, the winner got to spend a day with Google doodlers to animate her drawing:
Check out some of the other winners from this year below.
Grade six-to-seven winner Emi R. Olin’s doodle:
Grade 10-to-12 winner Amy Carlson’s doodle: