First student-created animated Doodle graced Google homepage on June 9
On June 9, 2014, the animated Doodle which made its way to the Google homepage was the first Doodle to have been animated by a student --- 11-year old Audrey Zhang from New York.
The animated Google Doodle, 'That Will Make the World A Better Place,' has been created by Audrey, who is the winner of the seventh-annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which isa K-12 competitionin which young artistsfrom all 50 US states vie for a $30,000 scholarship by creating their doodles at the Googleplex.
After being a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition for the last two years, Audrey finally won the contest this year, beating out more than 100,000 other entries. Her winning design was titled 'Back to Mother Nature.' The theme for this year's competition was: "Draw an invention that would make the world a better place."
The design which helped Audrey win the Doodle 4 Google competition this year depicts what has been described as a "transformative water purifier" --- a submarine-like contraption which sits in a swamp with fantastical creatures including dragons, blue mushrooms, and a whale wearing a top hat.
The contraption converts the swamp into a happier, healthier place for the creatures therein, by pumping in dirty water and turning it into clean water.