Google recently announced the 50 state winners of its annual Doodle 4 Google contest — and now Google needs your help to choose a national winner.

The doodles, created by kids in grades K-12 around the country, were focused on this year's theme: "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."  

I have to say, this year's entries absolutely blew me away. Not just for their artistry and creativity, but for their thoughtful and ingenious response to this year's theme. Take his doodle from Lucy Zhu, from Missouri's Marquette High School. It's called, "Tornado Sucker:"

As Zhu explains, "Each year, thousands of tornados hit around the world, taking many lives and billions of dollars. What I want to invent is a solar-powered machine that can harness tornadoes before they hit cities and take them to stations to transform them into electricity and water."

The image pictured at the top of this post is also in the Grade 8-9 age group along with Zhu. It's called "Brighter World Through Binoculars," by Renaise Kim, who explained the doodle by saying, "I invented magical binoculars that would allow people to see the world more optimistically and be grateful for living in a bright and beautiful world. Wearing these binoculars would also enhance their attitude, resulting in happier and healthier lives and relationships with others."

I think many people in this world could benefit from a set of those specs.

Another doodle that caught my eye was "Friendship," from Esther Park, from Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Delaware who described her doodle as such, "To make the world a better place doesn’t mean we need more technology, it needs more friendships. True friends are basically a part of your family; they care, they forgive, they make you happy, and love you with all their heart."  


There are so many amazing doodles over on the Doodle 4 Google site. Go check them out to get inspired and vote for your favorites. The national winner gets a $50,000 technology grant for their school and a $30,000 scholarship for college.  

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