11-year-old wins Doodle 4 Google contest

Seen Google’s latest animation today? An 11-year-old girl from Levittown, NY designed it.

Audrey Zhang is the winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest, which encourages elementary school children to draw the Google logo incorporating a design that would help make the world a better place, reports Time. She created an imaginary water purifying system that takes in dirty and unsanitary water and transforms it into a healthy life source for humans and animals.

After choosing the winning design, Google decided to go one step farther by choosing to animate it and bring it to life. This is the first Doodle 4 Google winner that has gone this extra step. Zhang was flown out to Google Headquarters in California to work with animators on how to bring her drawing to life.

“We never imagined it would have 150 moving parts,” Ryan Germick, the head of Team Google Doodle told The Washington Post. Germick noted that Zhang worked with 10 animators to show them what parts should move in her drawing and how.

In addition to the honor, Zhang received a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant to her middle school. Finally, Google made a donation in her name of $20,000 to provide clean water and bathrooms at 10 schools in Bangladesh.

Zhang has entered this contest three times, always getting a step closer and closer until being named the winner.

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