First place winners: the Steel Creek Elementary team
with Autobell CEO Chuck Howard.

The second Autobell® Creek ChallengeSM recently took place at the UNC Charlotte Cone University Center, with teams from several Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools putting to the test their weeks of STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focused on water science and quality as well as the vitality of the local creek system.

Teams of fourth and fifth graders from Steele Creek, Elizabeth Traditional, Lake Wylie, Endhaven, Irwin Academic Center, Huntersville, Lebanon Road, and Parkside elementaries undertook the specially developed curriculum that includes classroom and on-site creek education.

Participating students displayed and demonstrated model dams and aquifers they built and were tested on knowledge of subjects such as the water cycle, aquatic plants and animals, and related vocabulary. The Steele Creek team took first place overall in the competition.

A competition highlight is the Water Wizard Quiz Bowl, in which two-student teams from each school verbally answer questions posed by the judges. The duo from Lake Wylie Elementary placed first in that event.

Autobell Car Wash CEO Chuck Howard served as a Quiz Bowl judge and distributed prizes, handshakes, and congratulations to the winners of each event. Prizes included medals, gift cards, team trophies, and Apple® iPad® minis for the two Quiz Bowl champions.

“Autobell is very cognizant of water quality and conservation, which led us to develop the Creek Challenge, because we know it is essential to educate and engage our youth about this most important resource,” Howard said. “They are our future and can make a difference.”