Super Soaker inventor Lonnie Johnson

by Schwartz, Heather E.,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B JOHNSON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B JOHNSON

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In straightforward chapters with plenty of photos, entries in the STEM Trailblazer Bio series showcase notable inventors and scientists who broke barriers in their fields. Super Soaker Inventor Lonnie Johnson is perhaps the best of the bunch: the authors explain Johnson's childhood in segregated Alabama, his career as a NASA engineer, the invention of the Super Soaker, and some of his later inventions and entrepreneurial achievements. Though they're a bit on the dry side, these biographies hit the major highlights of their subjects' lives, and with a broad range of topics in the series, including many contemporary women of color working in STEM fields, these will be useful starting points for students looking for research topics.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series STEM trailblazer bios.
Subjects Johnson, Lonnie, -- 1949- -- Juvenile literature.
Johnson, Lonnie, -- 1949-
African American inventors -- Alabama -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Inventors -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Alabama -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American inventors -- Alabama -- Biography.
Inventors -- United States -- Biography.
African Americans -- Alabama -- Biography.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :2018
Language English
Description 32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.
ISBN 9781512434477
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