STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford third-grader Jason Rosado has been named the state's Doodle 4 Google 2014 winner and won a trip to Google headquarters in California.
Google officials unveiled a life-size copy of Jason's doodle during an assembly Tuesday, April 29, at Hart Magnet Elementary School, according to a press release. Doodle 4 Google is a national art competition open to all students in the United States to create their own Google doodle. The theme of this year’s contest is, “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make This World a Better Place."
Jason also won an Android tablet and T-shirt. He will now compete with other winners from other states for the national title in May.
“If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place, I would invent a machine to slow down time so we can have longer days," Jason said of his doodle. "It would float in space and put a force field around Earth to slow down Earth's rotation."
A panel of Google employees picked 250 doodles from across the country based on which doodles they felt best represented the theme. One doodle was selected in each grade group per state for a total of 250 state finalists.
"Guest judges, including authors, directors, and designers, as well as Google doodlers, selected the one best doodle from each of the 250 state finalists as the state winner," according to the release.
The public can cast votes for their favorite doodles, by grade group, by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website. Voting will be open from April 29 to May 9.
At the Google celebration in May, five grade-level winners will be chosen, each receiving a $5,000 college scholarship. From among the finalists, one national winner, whose doodle will be featured on Google's homepage on June 9 for 24 hours, will receive a $30,000 college scholarship.