Outdoor Ed Challenge

The Watershed Challenge

For this challenge, you will explore ways to improve our water quality by studying factors that affect stream health.

Did you ever wonder where our drinking water comes from? Or why we should worry about stream pollution? How do we know when a stream is healthy? In this challenge, you will learn what factors affect stream health. What could you do, invent, or innovate to help reduce water/stream pollution? Could it be a clever way to reuse plastics, a method to reduce the use of fertilizers, or something to keep polluted runoff from getting into streams? 

We have teamed up with Riverbend Environmental Ed Center and our friends at FLUX  to explore stream health, drinking water, macroinvertebrates, and watersheds.



Watch the video below to get a better understanding of where our drinking water comes from.

You Will Explore


Stream Health


You Will Create

  1. A method, invention, prototype to help reduce pollution related to stream health/water quality.
  2. A short video or images (Max. 1:30 minutes) that explains what you made.


Runoff and Pollution

Scientists and environmental managers break pollution into two categories: point source and nonpoint source pollution. Direct contamination of waterways, such as industrial waste pouring from a factory drain into a river, is an example of point source pollution. Pollutants such as motor oil leaked on parking lots, plastic grocery bags, pesticides, fertilizers, detergents, and sediments are known as nonpoint source pollutants.

Stormwater runoff from nonpoint source pollution is one of the most significant threats to aquatic ecosystems in the United States. As water runs over and through the watershed, it picks up and carries contaminants and soil. If untreated, these pollutants wash directly into waterways carried by runoff from rain and snowmelt. These contaminants can infiltrate groundwater and concentrate in streams and rivers, ultimately being carried down the watershed and into the ocean. Nonpoint source pollution is linked to the formation of large dead zones (areas with minimal oxygen) in the ocean and also threatens coral reef ecosystems around the world.



Create and Share a video or picture of your invention/solution/idea to improve stream health or prevent water pollution. (Max 01:30)


Post the video or images on social media, Tag Flux.


Include the correct hashtag #FluxSTEAM22

Additional Stream Health and Watershed resources

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Erin's experience in the field of education has spanned the past 20 years of her life. Erin started her career at the Hatboro-Horsham School District as a Learning Support Teacher, primarily supporting middle school students in the area of mathematics. She was also a Special Education Coordinator. She currently holds a position in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, working primarily in the areas of UDL, STEM, and Inclusive Practices.

Erin holds a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Reading with a certificate as a Reading Specialist. In addition, she holds a Middle Level Math Certificate.

Making education accessible for ALL students is what drives Erin to share her knowledge and understanding with educators and administrators. Her innovative, hands-on professional development sessions will leave you wanting more! Her desire to model best practices in trainings is an effort to "practice what you preach" and provide you, the learner, with the best tools possible for instructing in your space and meeting the needs of all students.