Enter the OurEcho Challenge


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.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EDT on April 21, 2020.
10 finalist teams will be chosen and notified after May 4, 2020.

If your team is selected as one of the top 10 finalist teams, you will be expected to continue work on your proposed project for a final presentation in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

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

Each team, and their mentor, will travel to Washington, DC, to join EarthEcho’s annual Youth Leadership Summit, during which the final OurEcho Challenge event will take place. Travel, meal and lodging expenses for team members and their mentor and will be covered by EarthEcho.

The final event will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020, with travel dates on August 7 and August 9, 2020.

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