SpaceX and Tesla Motors Engineer Elon Musk
From the Series STEM Trailblazer Bios
Are you a fan of computers? When Elon Musk was growing up, he taught himself computer programming so he could design his own games. As an adult, he set out to design much more complex tech inventions.
Musk started his first tech company when he was twenty-four and quickly made a fortune. Then he moved on to bigger projects. He started a company called SpaceX to build reusable rockets—and possibly pave the way for a human settlement on Mars. His other company, Tesla Motors, makes electric cars, which Musk hopes will replace gas-powered vehicles. Then there’s the Hyperloop, Musk’s vision for a superfast new form of transportation. Find out how Musk defied the odds to build his tech empire—and maybe even change the world.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Subject||STEM, STEM: Interdisciplinary|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.4|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF057000, JNF061010, JNF007090|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||U|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||170518|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
“[I]nformative and inspiring series….Highly recommended, especially where current biographies, particularly of those involved in STEM careers, are needed and requested; strong supplemental reading for science classes, too.”―School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Author: Matt Doeden
Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.
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STEM Trailblazer Bios
Read about the life stories and significant contributions of some of today’s most accomplished figures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Narrative nonfiction text explores key details from each person’s life, often… View available downloads →