The third annual Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge® recently took place at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with teams from a dozen Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools putting to the test their weeks of STEM-based education focused on water science and quality, as well as the vitality of the local creek system.

Teams of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders undertook the specially developed curriculum that includes classroom and on-site creek education. Participating students displayed and demonstrated model water filters and three-dimensional watersheds they built; and were tested on knowledge of subjects such as the water cycle, aquatic plants and animals, and related terminology.

A competition highlight is the Water Wizard Quiz Bowl, in which two-student teams from each school verbally answer questions. Autobell Car Wash owner and CEO Chuck Howard served as a Quiz Bowl quizzer and distributed prizes, handshakes, and congratulations to the winners of each event.