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Lonnie Johnson

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Look InsideWhen he was a kid, Lonnie Johnson won a science fair with a robot he made. That was only the beginning. He faced racism but did not let that stop him. He wanted to be a scientist. Johnson worked for NASA and invented the Super Soaker too! Read this book to learn more about his life and his superstar career in STEM.

About the Series: STEM Superstars explores the diverse lives and careers of people who have made amazing STEM breakthroughs despite challenges and difficulties. Learn more about these people and their all-star work in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each book contains fun facts, a glossary, an index, and places to go to learn more.

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"Anyone who’s been blasted by a Super Soaker can thank inventor Lonnie Johnson, profiled in the STEM Superstars series (4 titles). While this book is as no-frills as they come, Johnson’s life sparkles. Three short chapters cover his childhood in the segregated South, his passion for invention and engineering, and his career successes with NASA and, of course, in the toy industry. Simple double-page spreads pair a large captioned photo, featuring Johnson or stock images, with a few short sentences on the opposing page. “Did You Know?” stars containing factoids periodically appear, and glossary-defined terms are printed in ’90sappropriate neon green. A “Career Connections” page offers practical advice to science-loving kids, such as participating in an after-school program or science fair, and well-chosen additional resources will help readers extend their learning." -Booklist