Friday, June 22, 2012

Can you Google doodle?

Can you create the next Google doodle?

That’s the challenge the Internet search engine company posed to kids across the nation for this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest.

More than 114,000 hopeful youths, ages K-12, submitted drawings to the fifth annual contest that involves creatively interpreting the Google logo.

Google doodles often appear on the search engine’s home web page and reflect people, anniversaries, events or innovations.

For the state portion of the contest, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art teamed up with Google to serve as the North Carolina exhibition site.

This year’s contest theme was “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”

State finalists included Charlotte area student, Jacob Yim, 10, who entered in the fourth-fifth grade category with his drawing titled, “A Blast Back to 1969.”

In the eighth-ninth grade category, area student Charlotte Uleha, 14, was a finalist for her “Ancient Egypt” rendering.

This year’s doodles were judged by celebrity guest judges including Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator/executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and American Idol finalist Jordin Sparks.

Community members can view a special exhibition of drawings by the 10 North Carolina finalists at the Bechtler café through September 30. Museum admission is not required to view the doodles.

Photos: The top photo is Charlotte Uleha's rendering, while the bottom photo is Jacob Yim's drawing. Photos courtesy of Pam Davis.