All that time spent doodling in the margins of study notes is about to pay off for one Canadian youth. Earlier this year, Google ran a contest encouraging this country’s fine young artists to dream up the next Google Doodle with the theme “What I see for Canada’s future is…” to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Children enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were able to enter their creations into the contest for a chance to have their winning doodle featured on the search engine giant’s homepage for a day, plus receive a $10,000 grant for their school, a $10,000 scholarship for themselves, a Google Chromebook, sweet sweet bragging rights and more.
Now, with the finalists selected, the public gets to help select the winner, too. You can click through the 12 finalists and vote for your favourite right here.
Based on how amazing these 12 doodles are, it must’ve been very fun and very challenging to judge all the submissions. There are some seriously creative Canadian kids out there!
“We were blown away by the thousands of students who submitted a doodle and shared their vision of Canada’s future — from co-existing peacefully with nature to innovative and eco-friendly technological advancements,” wrote Sophie Diao, a full-time Google Doodler based in in San Francisco and one of the contest judges. In selecting the finalists, Diao was looking for ideas that took her by surprise, and she definitely got that.
From the K – Grade 3 category, Ontario’s Olin Wang envisions Canadians of the future having access to “waterslides that can bring them anywhere.” Truly innovative transportation. And in the winter they could be used with bobsleds!
And Amelie Fortier from Quebec (Grade 7 – 9 category), meanwhile, has a bit of a greener take on Canada’s path forward, imagining “a world in which we’ll only produce green and renewable energy…”
As you can see, there were some pretty spectacular submissions. Check out the rest of the doodles and don’t forget to vote for your fav here.