If you check out Google’s homepage today, you will see the incredible work of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang.
Zhang beat out thousands of other young artists in the Doodle 4 Google competition. The competition was for kids in kindergarten through the 12th grade and there was certainly no shortage of competitors. In total, there were more than 100,000 submissions, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national age group winners.
The task was clear: draw an invention that would help make the world a better place.
Titled “Back to Mother Nature,” the doodle featured a “water cleaning machine.” The idea behind the illustration was a water purifier that would clean dirty rivers, lakes and oceans.
Not only did Zhang put a smile on many faces, she really did help make the world a better place. In honor of winning the competition, Google donated $40,000 to a charity that provides clean water to schools in Bangladesh. Zhang received a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.
Audrey was asked to spend some time in Google’s headquarters to help turn her illustration into a moving animation. Check it out below: