The theme of 2011 Doodle 4 Google contest was "What I'd like to do someday," and Matteo, who attends Monte Verde Elementary School, answered by painting his dream to "... become an astronaut and explore space life." Matteo"s doodle of the Google logo artfully depicts a trip to space, walking on the moon, and even making friends with aliens.
He was selected from the 40 finalists, who were picked out from more than 107,000 submissions. THW winner Matteo will receive a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for his school. Moreover, Matteo's winning doodle is featured on United States Google search engine home page on Friday, May 20.
Google also selected three finalists: fourth grader Joseph Eugene Miller, who also selected a space theme; seventh grader Justas Varpucanskis, who depicted an underwater universe; and high school junior Hannah Newsom, who would like to be an illustrator. All three will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.
Doodle 4 Google is a competition where Google invite K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google"s homepage logo for millions to see.