First grade students at Oak View Elementary ended the third quarter by hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day.

Students were challenged to create a safe trap for a rabbit in order to keep it away from a garden.

“It’s all STEM, all day,” said OVES first grade teacher Abby Eilermann. “The students love it because it allows them to be independent and take learning into their own hands. They love being able to figure things out on their own.”

Students were put into groups and brainstormed ideas. After settling on a design, they created their traps out of supplies like cardboard boxes, Play-Doh and tape. In order to work together, they had to communicate and listen to each other’s ideas.

“It teaches a lot about social skills,” Eilermann said. “It’s all about collaboration and learning from each other.”