Two Roscommon children are among 75 regional finalists who are in with a chance of being crowned the winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.
For this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition students were asked to design a Doodle based on the theme of ‘If I could create anything it would be…’ with the winning Doodle appearing on the Google homepage in April. The Roscommon girls finalists are:
Katie Heneghan of Convent of Mercy, Roscommon (Group 4 – vote here)
Katie says “I would create a world where people would be free of illness and disaibility. They would be free of suffering and pain. They would no longer be subjected to painful medications or have to use equipment. They would not be treated differently and everyone in this world will be equal.”
And Zuzanna Abram of Scoil Naisiunta Cluain Na Cille, Athlone (Group 1 – Vote here )
Zuzanna says “My invention is a weather machine, so people could use it to change the weather. It can produce snow, sun, wind and rain.”
The public have until next Tuesday, February 21st, to cast their votes. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the grand final on April 3rd where the overall winner will be announced.
Over 4,200 students across the country picked up their pens, pencils and crayons to enter this year’s competition with 75 finalists being shortlisted. This was a difficult task for the panel, which included John McDaid Creative Director of Dog Ears, a children’s media company based in Derry who make TV, apps, books and events for kids, Aoife Doyle Director and Co-founder of Pink Kong studios which is an award winning Dublin based animation studio that creates branded animated entertainment for TV, games, film and Advertising Houses and Dr. Andreas Bandelli, CEO of Science Gallery International.
Fionnuala Meehan, VP and head of Google in Ireland said,
“The level of entries this year has given our judging panel a tough job to do. I really enjoyed seeing what the entrants did with this year’s theme as it gave them the opportunity to create anything they wanted and looking at the entries they show a lot of fantastic innovative ideas. Now it’s up to the public to get involved and help choose this year’s winner by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website and voting for their favourite doodle”.
The winner will also receive a €5,000 scholarship towards their third-level studies, a Chromebook, and a €10,000 technology grant for their school. Each of the five class group winners and their teachers will also win a Chromebook each.
For more information and to vote for the winning doodles go to: https://doodles.google.ie/d4g/.