The art of doodles

Lots of people doodle, but it takes some special ability to make a Doodle. Like many people, I like Google’s occasional Doodles to mark special days. Sometimes it’s the artwork itself that appeals to me; sometimes it’s what I learn when I find out what’s behind the day’s Doodle.

Today what I saw awed me. The Google homepage has no doodle, but it has a link to the Doodle 4 Google contest. Over 100,000 students across the country drew Doodles (which like all Google Doodles include the word Google) based on the theme “What I’d like to do someday…”

Among the finalists, there are children whose dreams are as varied as oceanographer, dentist, astronaut, engineer, paleontologist, and baker. There are several future teachers and artists – though looking at the Doodles I’d have to say they’re all budding artists, no matter what their future careers.

Some drew not their career aspirations per se but how they hope to make the world a better place. School supplies for all students, food and clean water for everyone, saving endangered animals, developing green technology, helping all children fulfill their dreams.

A panel of thirteen guest judges (including the creator of the “Garfield” comic strip, the producer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” two Olympic gold medalists, and an astronaut) selected winners from each state, then narrowed them down to the forty finalists. Now we get to vote on our favorites!

It’s hard to choose, there are so many good ones. (It must have been a difficult job, picking out the finalists.) But I finally picked one in each age group. (Note: at one point the computer gave an error message and wouldn’t record my choice, but after I refreshed the page and tried again it worked.)

Take some time to see the creativity and aspirations of our country’s young people.

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