Doodle 4 Google New York State Finalists Display at National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

May 24, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Doodle 4 Google New York State Finalists Display at
National Museum of Play
June 15 through September 30, 2012

“If I could travel in time, I’d visit. . .”

With this theme in mind, 114,000 students in grades K–12 from around the country submitted renditions of the iconic Google logo for the fifth annual Doodle 4 Google contest. The national winner (Dylan Hoffman, a second grader from Caledonia, Wisconsin) had his doodle of swashbucklers and pirate treasures displayed on the Google homepage on May 18 and won a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 technology grant for his school. The New York State winner and nine New York State finalists receive the honor of having their doodles on display at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York from June 15 through September 30, 2012.

The New York State winner, a 17-year-old student from the Bronx, received recognition for her artistic rendition of Marie Antoinette’s Versailles. Other New York State Doodle 4 Google finalists hailed from Flushing, Levittown, Manhattan, Scarsdale, Burnt Hills, and Plainview. Their colorful and creative themes ranged from traditions of Korea, to the old West, the American Revolution, the dinosaur era, and ancient Egypt.

The National Museum of Play embraced the opportunity to partner with Google and offer New York state finalists the opportunity to display their imaginative creations before a large family audience.  Google selected one museum in each state to display its winners. Among other museums to team up with Google are Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Providence Children’s Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

The Doodle 4 Google display at the National Museum of Play is open to the public during regular museum hours.