Google officials unveiled a life-size copy of Jason’s doodle and named him the Connecticut state winner at a school assembly Tuesday. In addition to winning an Android tablet and a t-shirt printed with his doodle’s artwork, Jason earned a trip to the Google headquarters in California to celebrate with the other state winners in May, with the chance to compete for the National title.
Jason described his doodle, “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. It would float in space and put a force field around Earth to slow down Earth's rotation."
According to the Doodle 4 Google website, 250 doodles from across the country were chosen by a panel of Google employees, based on which doodles they felt best represented the theme. In each state, one doodle was selected from each of five grade groups (Grades K-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-7; Grades 8-9; Grades 10-12) for a total of 250 state finalists. Google doodlers and guest judges, including authors, directors, and designers, then selected one winner from each state. The National finalists and winner will be chosen from among the 50 state winners, based on public opinion.
At the Google celebration in May, five grade-level winners will be chosen, each receiving a $5,000 college scholarship. Then one national winner will be chosen to receive a $30,000 scholarship and the opportunity to have his/her doodle featured on Google's homepage for 24 hours on June 9. A $50,000 Google for Education technology grant will also be awarded to the student's school.
Beginning today, people can vote for their favorite doodles by visiting http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html Voting will be open until May 9.