STEM books9. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

By Chris Barton

Grade: 2 through 5

After making a mistake while developing a new type of refrigerator and air conditioner cooling system, NASA professional Lonnie Johnson created the Super Soaker water gun, which has entertained children for decades. After reading this particular STEM books list selection, have students examine the engineering concepts necessary to make the Super Soaker work.