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Inventor Of The Super Soaker Is Supporting The Next Generation Of Engineers

The Huffington Post – Taryn Finley

“The man who invented the Super Soaker wants to make a positive impact on the new generation of engineers. Lonnie Johnson is using his nonprofit to help fund high school robotics teams, NBC News reported Thursday. One team he helps, DISCbots, is made up of refugees from nine countries. The team is in its second year and has already qualified for a worldwide robotics tournament in Texas. “If I can have a positive impact … clearly it’s something I want to do,” Johnson said. The inventor, who grew up in Mobile, Alabama, during the Jim Crow era, became interested in engineering as a youth, according to BBC. He built a robot for a fair held by the Junior Engineering Technical Society at the University of Alabama during his senior year of high school in 1968. The only black student in the competition, Johnson won first place for his robot, Linex.”(more)

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