Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Laser Pointers(good uses)
Laser Pointers(good uses)
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 15:11:50 -0600
I also would not allow a laser pointer on a campout or at a meeting
unless it was for use during a presentation by a scout or adult leader.
If they are going to be used I require previous notice and if I find
them out and being abused at any time(even by adults) I confiscate them.
I have used them for slideshow to point out objects and outline details.
For those who are shotgun merit badge councilors, I learned of a new
use for these. Create a rough wooden stock but instead of a barrel use a
flashlight. The trigger is a switch to turn the flashlight on. The
Flashlight we used was a Maglight which used a modified screwin for the
back, which a local machinist had made. The Maglight also has enough
heft that it simulates the weight of the shotgun nicely. Then in a room
with a white wall that has little light on it use the laser pointer to
simulate a clay target flying out and have the student use the mock
shotgun to "shoot" it. This gives them an idea of how to handle the
shotgun and keep with the follow-through . The light spreading from the
flashlight also gives them a graphic representation of the spread of the
shot when shooting. The only thing it does not give them is the 'lead'
time it takes the shot to reach the target. I am working on a delay in
the switch to do this. We record the sessions on a video camera so the
students can quickly see what happened. This also helps cure 'flinch'.
As with all tools Laser pointers can be misused. Therefore, I ask that
you always blame the action, and not the tool.
Woodrow M Dotson II
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