Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge



UNC Charlotte’s Center for STEM Education hosted the first Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge for CMS schools on June 4, 2016.  The Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge was designed for elementary students to explore and demonstrate their knowledge of local waterways.

The Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge was held in conjunction with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and is sponsored by Autobell® Car Wash.  Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge is a water-related science program used at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) elementary schools.CMS students learn about regional water quality issues and their role as stewards of this important resource. The University’s Center for STEM Education developed the curriculum and activities for the event and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute created Creekshed fact sheets for 21 major creeks in Mecklenburg County.  The program began earlier this year with a teacher training, followed by classroom and onsite educational creek activities for students.

Teams of fourth and fifth grade students use customized Creek Challenge kits that contain materials to learn specific water knowledge details and the necessary equipment to conduct related tests and experiments as part of the curriculum. Participating Classrooms are provided with maps and pamphlets detailing various Mecklenburg County creeksheds.

Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge awards prizes to participants and the winners of each contest.

2018 Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge will be held February 24, 2018 at UNC Charlotte.

Please click here for registration.

Registration is $250.00 [Each school will receive a kit with supplies and printed Creek shed Information].

Each school has the opportunity to signup and participate in the Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge Charity Carwash Program. Click here for more information. You can sell more tickets than needed to cover the registration fee of $250. You can presell tickets via signup but if you only sell.

2018 Schedule of Events TBD.

Please click here for Participant forms.

Event Descriptions


Please click here for more information on the Keeping Watch - 2015 Creeks.

KEEPING WATCH is a multi-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups – working with artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups – to engage, inform and inspire the public about better protecting our environment.

Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge March 4, 2017 - list of winners and photos.

Autobell® Car Wash Creek Challenge June 4, 2016 - list of winners and photos.