Bundaberg student's Google art needs your vote
IF YOU'VE ever wondered who designs the creative Google home page doodles, the answer could soon be Bundaberg student Samuel Nelson.
Selected as one of 32 finalists out of more than 26,000 entries from across the country, Samuel needs your votes to secure the win and have his Albert Einstein doodle feature on the homepage for 24 hours.
With $10,000 worth of technology equipment also up for grabs for the winner's school, 11-year-old Samuel is hoping his design can help secure the prize for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.
With the theme "If I could travel back in time I would..." Samuel said an interest in Einstein's theories about science and physics inspired his work.
"I chose to do an Albert Einstein theme because I'm intrigued by science and physics," he said.
Up against seven other entries in his age group, Samuel's drawing certainly captures the German-born theoretical physicist.
"Both the Gs were equations and numbers and different maths symbols," he said.
"The two Os were Albert Einstein's eyes and it was his head behind the Google word.
"The Ls were two test tubes pouring into each other and frothing up and the e was e=mc², which was his equation."
Samuel said he had been drawing since he could remember but this was only the second time he had entered his work in a competition.
And his first win could earn him a great prize, with the winner in each age group awarded a tablet and the honour of having their drawing on the Google home page for everyone to see.
"If I win it goes up for 24 hours and I get a copy printed for my school behind glass," he said.
"The national winner gets the $10,000 for their school."
Samuel's mum Katherine Nelson said the prize would be huge for St Joseph's.
"For a little school like St Joseph's that prize would be amazing," she said.
"The judges narrowed it down to 32 finalists and there are eight in each age group.
"There are four Queensland finalists and Sam is the finalist for Queensland in his age group, which quite an achievement."
Voting is now open and closes on Friday October 2.
To vote head to www.google.com.au/doodle4google/ and follow the tab to the Year 4-6 category.