Super Soaker Inventor Lonnie Johnson
From the Series STEM Trailblazer Bios
As a kid, Lonnie Johnson liked to invent things. He often faced prejudice as an African American growing up in the segregated southern United States, but he eventually became an engineer for the US Air Force and NASA. He was working on a different invention when he came up with the idea for a new type of water gun. Johnson knew his toy was more powerful than other squirt guns—he just needed to find a way to make the Super Soaker available to kids all over the country. Learn how Johnson overcame many challenges to become a brilliant engineer and inventor.
|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||4.7|
|BISACS||JNF007090, JNF061010, JNF056000|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||T|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.1|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||190863|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Glossary words bolded within text, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
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STEM Trailblazer Bios
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