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Student Cindy Tang's Sea Telescope wins Doodle 4 Google Canada

02/24/2014 06:12 EST | Updated 04/26/2014 05:59 EDT
Toronto-area student Cindy Tang's brilliantly coloured image of a telescope able to peer into the far depths of the sea has won the latest edition of the Doodle 4 Google Canada contest.

Tang, a student at Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ont., was unveiled today as the national winner of the contest, held in Canada for the first time, during a ceremony at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Her prize includes a $10,000 scholarship and a $10,000 grant for her school. Her drawing, entitled Sea Telescope, will be featured as the "Google Doodle" on the Google.ca homepage on Wednesday and also be part of a special exhibit at the ROM next month.

A popular customization for the Google browser's homepage, a Google Doodle adapts the tech giant's logo to mark special dates, holidays, anniversaries, events or the lives of significant figures.

Organizers kicked off the competition last fall by asking students in kindergarten through Grade 12 to submit an image to fulfil the statement: "If I could invent anything, I would invent..."

Tang's drawing Sea Telescope answers: "I would invent a telescpe that would show us the depth of the sea (all of it). I've heard we've discovered less than five per cent of the ocean [with] 95 per cent still left unseen by human eyes."

Tang, the finalist for the Ontario region, was also joined by four remaining national finalists:

- Prairies: Xusheng (Sam) Yu of St. Francis Xavier Community School for Electric Trees.

- Atlantic Canada: David Isaiah Jeans of Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School for Age Reversing Machine.

- Quebec: Meriam Akkou of École Secondaire La Camaradière for Underwater City.

- British Columbia and the North: Maria Angela Viaje of Johnston Heights Secondary for Virtual Reality Simulator.

Submissions were accepted until Dec. 31, after which a judging committee narrowed the list down to 75 regional finalists. Then, a celebrity judging panel chose the 25 finalists. The group was comprised of retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, actress Karine Vanasse, Royal Ontario Museum CEO Janet Carding and Google Science Fair winner Ann Makosinski.

The public also got to cast votes for their favourite of the 25 finalists.

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