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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Some Baton Rouge sixth graders are doing their part to help the environment.

A mentoring program called Team Cisco led a six-week program through an engineering unit called Don't Runoff: Engineering an Urban Landscape.

During the program, Broadmoor Middle students were challenged to create a design that helps reduce storm water runoff.

Students worked together in groups using sponges to create their design.

This was part of STEMup Baton Rouge, which is sponsored by the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System and the Capital Area United Way. STEMup BR is funded by the Capital One Investing for Good program and hopes to improve science, math and engineering skills for middle school students in Baton Rouge.

"They also had the chance to experiment and gain professional skills like teamwork, engineering, design planning and also this final piece which is communicating what they learned in a unique way," said Kim Fossey with the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.

At the end of the program students displayed their designs and received awards.

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