Ontario student, Cindy Tang has been named the winner of the inaugural Doodle 4 Google Canada competition.
Google is featuring Cindy’s winning illustration of an underwater telescope for 24 hours, February 26th, 2014 on their Google.ca homepage.
In October 2013 Google invited Canadian students, kindergarten to grade 12, from across the country. The students were challenged to re-imagine the Google doodle and express their creativity reflecting the theme, "If I could invent anything, I would invent…"
Thousands of students from across Canada submitted illustrations and the public was invited to vote for the winner. The winners were selected by judges Chris Hadfield, ROM chief executive Janet Harding, actress Karine Vanasse and Ann Makosinski, a winner in last year’s Google Science Fair.
"We believe it's important to challenge young Canadians to fire up their imaginations and ignite their interest in science, art and innovation," says Chris O'Neill, Managing Director, Google Canada. "Our hope is that these 25 students, and the thousands across the country who participated, will be the next generation of Canadian talent that can harness the full potential of technology and begin solving the tough problems we face with inventive, imaginative thinking we've seen in these doodles."
In an interview with Global News, Tang said that she decided on the theme of underwater discovery because she was inspired by how little we know about the ocean.
In her submission Tang wrote, “I would invent a telescope that would show us the depth of the sea (all of it). I’ve heard we’ve discovered less than 5 per cent of the ocean – 95 per cent still left unseen by human eyes.”
Cindy will also receive a $10,000 education scholarship, a HP Chromebook computer and a $10,000 grant for her school. Cindy's winning doodle, along with 72 other competition finalists will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum until April 27. The Doodle 4 Google exhibition is part of the ROM's Centennial celebrations
“Seeing my idea on Google is kind of terrifying in my opinion, because everyone is going to be able to look at it, but I feel that if it does help us learn something then I’ve done a good job,” Tang told Global News after winning.
To view all 25 finalists' doodles, go to www.google.ca/doodle4google.