The OurEcho Challenge

The OurEcho Challenge is a STEM innovation competition that empowers U.S. middle school students (grades 5 - 9) to take a closer look at biodiversity in their communities. Students will first identify threats to local ecosystems and then propose solutions to help preserve, protect, or repair those natural resources.   

10 finalist teams will join EarthEcho International in Washington, DC, where they will present their ideas to restore or protect local biodiversity. The top three teams will be awarded grants to turn their projects into a reality.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EDT on April 21, 2020.

10 finalist teams will be chosen and notified after May 4, 2020.

The Prizes

10 finalist teams will win a trip to Washington, DC, where they will present their final projects to a panel of judges.

The top three teams will receive grants to put their ideas into action.


Grand Prize: $10,000


2nd Prize: $5,000


3rd Prize: $2,000

Why Biodiversity?

Like an echo, the impact of every living species resonates among all other life to create the balance on which we all rely. This interconnectivity of life is called biodiversity. From the majestic blue whale to the hardworking honeybee, the complex web of life we call biodiversity touches every inch of our planet, including our own backyards.  And now, more than ever, this life sustaining variety needs our help.

Recognizing that half of the world’s biodiversity has been destroyed since 1970, the OurEcho Challenge empowers and engages young problem solvers in understanding, respecting and protecting the important diversity of species essential to life.  Teams of middle school students, guided by an educator or mentor, are challenged to address the decline in biodiversity by identifying threats to natural resources in their communities and developing an innovative solution.

2020 OurEcho Challenge entries currently under review