Enter the OurEcho Challenge

Step-By-Step

The OurEcho Challenge empowers middle school-aged youth (in teams of 1-3, with the help of an adult)  to become principal investigators in their own biodiversity research.  After learning about biodiversity from the supporting OurEcho Challenge resources, students submitting an entry will:

  1. EXPLORE natural resources in your community and region. Use these learnings together with the student and educator resources to discover biodiversity in your own backyard.
  2. IDENTIFY threats to your local ecosystems and biodiversity in your community. This will evolve into your “Problem Statement”.
  3. BRAINSTORM & PROPOSE a solution in the form of a process or prototype to help maintain biodiversity in your community.
  4. SUBMIT your narrative entry online  in the form of a process or prototype - and feel free to upload any supporting visual documents to support your proposal.

10 finalist teams joined EarthEcho International for the 5th annual Youth Leadership Summit on August 6, 2020, where they virtually presented their ideas to restore or protect local biodiversity. The top three teams were awarded grants to turn their projects into a reality.

The 10 finalist teams worked from May - July to draft a final presentation and/or prototype of the proposed projects. During this development time period, each finalist team received a $500 stipend to help cover the cost of supplies and resources needed to create the final presentation and/or prototype.

Please note that due to the effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis, EarthEcho International reserves the right in its sole discretion to further modify the timing of the OurEcho Challenge and/or the format/timing of the Finalist Event. If such changes are deemed prudent, the new timing and/or format will be noted in the Official Rules and on this website.

The Fine Print: Be sure that you have read and reviewed the official rules and that parent permission slips for all participating team-members are included with your team’s entry.  For questions or support, please contact OurEchoChallenge@earthecho.org