The OurEcho Challenge

The OurEcho Challenge is a STEM 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. 

The Prizes

1

Grand Prize: $5,000
Team Algae Biofiltration

2

2nd Prize: $2,000
Team Habitat Hotels

3

3rd Prize: $1,000
Team Springtails

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 amazing diversity of species essential for the future of our planet.  Teams of middle school students, guided by an educator or mentor, tackle the decline in biodiversity head-on by identifying threats to natural resources in their communities and developing an innovative solution and action plan in the form of a sustainable process or prototype.

Looking for inspiration? Meet the 2020 OurEcho Challenge winning teams to learn about their projects to preserve biodiversity in their own backyards.

MEET THE 2021 WINNING TEAMS