Official Rules

The OurEcho Challenge is offered only within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Middle school-aged students (attend school in Grade 5 through Grade 9 during the Entry Period or be Grade 5 through Grade 9 equivalent age as determined by Administrator in their sole discretion for students who are not in a traditionally-graded educational environment) are encouraged to work in teams of 1-3.

Given the age of students, an adult (21+) MUST submit each entry online on behalf of the teams they are mentoring. Mentors can be traditional educators, parents, and/or adult facilitators of more informal learning environments.

All students will require a permission form signed by their legal guardian to be uploaded with their entry.


10 finalist teams joined EarthEcho International for the 5th annual Youth Leadership Summit in August 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.

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. 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 join EarthEcho’s 5th annual Youth Leadership Summit, during which the final OurEcho Challenge event will take place. Due to COVID-19, this event is now virtual. The final event will take place on Thursday, August 6, 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.

In order to ensure that teams are meeting the basic requirements for a qualifying entry, we encourage you to use the Brainstorming Worksheet, Challenge Checklist & Winning Tips and review the Official Rules prior to submitting your OurEcho Challenge entry.

Download the Official Rules of the OurEcho Challenge