It’s a fun little thrill when you go to search for something and find the Google logo looks a little different. Sometimes it’s commemorating the life of a person you may not have known existed. Maybe it’s a fun game. Or maybe it’s just that a young girl just really likes dinosaurs.
The Google Doodle yesterday was illustrated by second-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane.
The theme was “What inspires me” and the young girl was inspired by her dream of becoming a paleontologist.
Sarah is the winner of the 10th annual Doodle 4 Google contest. Every year, Google receives hundreds of thousands of entries but can only pick one to become a doodle.
Sarah’s drawing was actually picked last year.
Sarah says "Dino Doodle" was inspired by her love of dinosaurs and her dream of being a paleontologist. This is great! pic.twitter.com/6AmSwesgQM
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) May 11, 2018
It's gorgeous! The colors, the dino designs, the baby hatching out of the huge egg, the whimsical stegosaurus …and even Sarah's future paleontologist shovel. Clever, the dotted line "Google". Can't wait to see it on my 'puter screen. Sarah, you're as cute as your doodle!
— RiversideKitty (@OnTheHudsonNYC) May 12, 2018
— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) January 8, 2019
The reason it took so long was special. This is the first time the Google Doodle team decided to try making a contest winner’s doodle animated.
And it looks great!
Bravo, Sarah! ⚡️ “The latest Google Doodle was drawn by a dinosaur-loving second grader”https://t.co/OvkyutiGMB
— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) January 8, 2019
That is so adorable!
— Neele M. (@NeeleM_PhD) January 8, 2019
— Ashley Hall 🔍 (@LadyNaturalist) January 8, 2019
To the kid who basically drew T-Rex Freddy Krueger for today’s Google Doodle, I salute you. pic.twitter.com/OMzg8B9uxX
— Shawn Robare (@ShawnRobare) January 8, 2019
today's Google doodle might be one of the cutest of all time pic.twitter.com/bvxFXCRlDG
— Kris Gage (@_KrisGage) January 8, 2019
Google Doodles have proven very popular. When the search giant released a doodle commemorating Pac-Man, it was estimated that over 4.8 million hours of productivity were collectively lost to the doodle game. More recently, Google’s done the same with the Rubik’s Cube, and a multiplayer Halloween game.
Speaking of, it’s time to play with the dinosaurs!
— Bonnie Flint (@bonesflint) January 8, 2019
— francine j .harris (@francinejharris) January 8, 2019
I never interact with these but today I clicked on each one, multiple times.
— Ambassador of Bacon (@bacon_guru) January 8, 2019
I'm seriously in love with today's #GoogleDoodle! I recommend everyone check it out, press the play button, and enjoy! Rock out w/ #DoodleforGoogle 2018 winner "Dino Doodle" by Sarah Gomez-Lane, 2nd grade! https://t.co/W5r0Ht9uOl pic.twitter.com/23aIz1MXYW
— Susie Kavanaugh (@SusieKav) January 8, 2019
This doodle isn’t just for fun, either. The winner of the Google 4 Doodle contest receives a college scholarship. Sarah has $30,000 set aside to help her get that paleontology degree.
You’re saying we can get money for doodling?
Good for her!!
— Kimberly Elick (@KimberlyElick) January 9, 2019
Love it! Second grader Sarah Gomez-Lane wins $30,000 college scholarship for this awesome dino Google Doodle- she wants to be a paleontologist. 🦕pic.twitter.com/SBp2otG4v7
— laney (@misslaneym) January 8, 2019
This is how a person wins an exciting prize in a contest.
— Angie (@RubyGirl28) January 8, 2019
$30,000 will cover a semester of room and board by the time this 2nd grader goes to college.
— Austin_G (@AustinGrzesko65) January 8, 2019
This year’s Doodle contest is open for submissions. The theme this time around is “When I grow up, I hope…” and invites kids to look at the future. Submissions will be accepted until March 18.