The Problem Solver

The PS241 STEM Newletter Vol. 2.13

Happy Almost Spring!!!

I hope you all enjoyed our first newsletter and it gives me great pleasure to roll out #2. In this month's issue we will be highlighting the recent celebrations in our school. Also included are examples of science poetry written by the lower elementary students and essays about famous STEM related African Americans and women written by the upper elementary students. As always, we invite students, parents and teachers to contact Ms. Petev in the Library with any submission ideas for future issues.

Congrats to the February Students & Citizens of the Month!!!

Students-Marck of K01, Jason of 101, Arianna of 102, Diana of 201, Khadim of 301,

Symiah of 401, Hamidou of 501

Citizens-Amber of K01, Fatou of 101, Giovanni of 102, Chrisinti of 201, Erick of 301, Ayanna of 401, Jose of 501

Class 101 & 102 learned about seasons, weather & poetry

Winter Acrostic by Bassirou, Class 101

Winter is fun

I feel happy

Need a jacket

To the park

Everything is good

Real good

Rain Acrostic by Kalil, Class 101


All is wet

I play in the rain

Need a jacket

Alhousayn’s Awesome Alliteration

Summer, sun, sand, silly

Fall, Friday, fun, family

Winter, windy, wacky, weather

Spring, sunny, stormy, seasons

Where Do Forces Come From?, Class 201

everything that moves


makes something happen


exactly where it was


pushes and pulls


you can create forces


We're learning about and celebrating Black History Month and Women's History Month!!!

Who was Granville Tailer Woods? By Yolaniel, Class 301

Granville Tailer Woods was the first American of African ancestry to be a mechanical engineer after the civil war. Woods was born on April 23, 1856 in Columbus, Ohio. He held various engineering and industrial jobs before establishing a company to develop electrical apparatus. He was known as “Black Edison.” He registered nearly 60 patents in his lifetime including a telephone transmitter, a trolley wheel and the multiplex telegraph. The trolley wheel is an electrical machine that allowed the railway system to operate with no exposed wires or secondaries. Before Woods’ invention the railway system ran with exposed wires and batteries. Woods died on January 30 in 1919 while living in New York City.

Meet Patricia Bath By Mame Diarra, Class 401

Patricia Bath was the first African American female doctor to patent a medical invention. Patricia Bath's patent #4744360 was a method of removing cataract lenses that transformed eye surgery by using a laser. Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a medical residency in opthamology.

Hey Guys??? Do you want to learn about a person who invented a bed cabinet? By Leo, Class 501

Born into slavery in 1850, inventor and entrepreneur Sarah E. Goode was the first African-American woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

After receiving her freedom at the end of the Civil War, Goode moved to Chicago and eventually became an entrepreneur. Along with her husband Archibald, a carpenter, she owned a furniture store. Many of her customers, who were mostly working-class, lived in small apartments and didn't have much space for furniture, including beds.

As a solution to the problem, Goode invented a cabinet bed, which she described as a "folding bed," similar to what nowadays would be called a Murphy bed. When the bed was not being used, it could also serve as a roll-top desk, complete with compartments for stationery and other writing supplies.

Goode received a patent for her invention on July 14, 1885. She died in 1905.

Do you know Rebecca Cole??? By Felix, Class 501

She was an American Physician. Rebecca was the second African American woman to receive a M.D. degree in the USA. Rebecca is connected to STEM because she was a doctor. Actually, she was the second African American to be a doctor. Rebecca was an award winner and a special person.

Rebecca Cole can be a rode model for me because I always wanted to know about doctors. Doctors are experts, I always wanted to know how they feel, what steps they do. Plus, Rebecca is an African American female physician I want to know how does that feel to make history. When I was a little kid I wanted to be a doctor so I can be a professional. Also, I will like to study about DNA one day.

Perez's Parent Place

Spring is here. I hope you had great and restful winter. These good feelings are a great way to continue to move through the year. We just finished Parent Teacher Conferences and I am pleased to report that our parent attendance continues to improve. As we move through the year we hope that you can attend the exciting parent programs that are planned for you. On Wednesday, April 10th is a Cooking Workshop. On Friday, April 19th is a Coffee/Tea Hour with the Principal. On Wednesday, April 24th is the next PTA meeting. On Monday, April 29th is an Art Workshop. All parent programs begin promptly at 9am. Parents are encouraged to complete their Parent Survey forms. If you did not receive a survey or if you have any questions, problems or just want to become a more active and involved parent at P.S. 241, visit room 110 or contact me at (212) 678-2898 ext: 1102. I also encourage you t visit the school's website for updated information.

I hope to see you soon at one of our parent events,

Michelle Perez, Parent Coordinator

Save The Dates For These Upcoming Events

Explore Colorful Candy Kitchen Science at Family Science Night!

Thursday, March 21


The Cafeteria

Come to an evening of family fun where you can talk and work together with your children while learning!

Check Out Your Problem Solving Skills!!!

Turn your answers into Ms. Petev and the winners will be announced in the next issue!

One fine summer day two fathers and two sons went fishing at their favorite lake. They fished and talked all morning long and by noon everyone had caught one fish. As the two fathers and two sons walked back home, everyone was happy because each had a fish even though only three fish had been caught.

Two fathers and two sons. Only three fish and no fish were lost. How can this have happened?