Mozart, the Egyptian goddess Ma’at, the Apollo 11 mission and ancient Greece were some of the subjects among the entries for Google’s ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition. Young’uns from years one to 10 submitted entries for a Google logo design about where they would go and what they would do if they could go back in time.
From last Friday the public has been able to vote for their favourite doodlers to help Google choose four finalists who will be in the running to have their doodle on the Google New Zealand homepage for 24 hours plus $10,000 for their school, a Chromebook and a Nexus tablet that they receive as a national year group winner.
One hundred finalists were initially chosen, 25 for each year group, then 20 winners were chosen across all year groups (years one-three, four-six, seven-eight, nine-10). The final four national year group winners will receive 10 Nexus tablets for their school and a Nexus tablet for themselves.
Jet Hapuku from Argyll East school (year one-three group) rendered a piece called ‘Dinosaur Smash’. In the description Jet explains how when he was little he was really into dinosaurs, and also explains how the 'G' has a bunch of scales on it and the 'E' is a stegosaurus. Brilliant.
James Barnett from Matakana School (year four-six group) has drawn some ‘Greek Greek Gadgets’: “If I could travel back in time I would go to ancient Greece to watch the great inventions being made, like a pulley that Archimedes made that we still use today. I would love to become an inventor to make the world a better place!”
Meanwhile, Mercy Jones from Frankley School (year four-six group) wants to go back in time to watch Mozart play 12 variations of ‘Twinkle Twinkle little Star’.
George Wolfgramm from Marist School Mt Albert (year four-six group) wants to go back in time to see what New Zealand was like and look at the Maori carvings.
Maia Hosking from Bucklands Beach Intermediate (year seven-eight group) would like to have been like Ma’at, daughter of Ra, as she represented truth, justice and harmony.
Lucy Moore from Ashburton Intermediate School (year seven-eight group) wants to witness the landing of the first humans on the moon and explore the moon’s unknown mysteries.
Mwewa Kasongo from Hamilton Girls’ High School (year nine-ten group) wants to travel back in time to when Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
The judging was based on artistic merit, creativity and theme communication.
An awards ceremony will be held next month where the winners will be announced.
See the other finalists here.