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Pleasanton: Scout makes face shields for front-line workers

15-year-old inspired by family friend in medical field

These days Kai Gottschalk is living up to the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America -- "Do a good turn daily" -- by using his own 3-D printer to make face shields for health care providers. He has made and shipped nearly 3,800 shields made of transparency sheets and hard plastic bands to 40 organizations, both locally and abroad.

Kai Gottschalk works on one of the thousands of face shields he has made for healthcare providers using his own 3-D printer. (Contributed photo)

Gottschalk, 15, said he was inspired by a family friend who works in the medical field when he heard about the lack of proper protective clothing for medical professionals needed to treat those possibly infected with the coronavirus.

While searching the internet for tutorials, Gottschalk found video instruction on creating face shields using a 3-D printer. He first offered his shields to NorCal Ambulance then he enlisted other Scouts from his troop and friends from school to expand his production and outreach.

Bay Area recipients include Oakland's Highland Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Livermore Optometry Group and Waste Management. The protective equipment also has been shipped to University of Miami Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Princeton and Capital Health Hospital, among other places

Gottschalk, a member of Troop 941 in Pleasanton, which is sponsored by VFW Post 6298, plans to continue on the path to Eagle Scout. Donations to help pay for more face shield supplies can be made at www.troop941.org/faceshields.

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story ran an incorrect photo that did not depict Gottschalk. The Weekly regrets the error.

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Pleasanton: Scout makes face shields for front-line workers

15-year-old inspired by family friend in medical field

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 5:20 pm
Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 1:20 pm

These days Kai Gottschalk is living up to the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America -- "Do a good turn daily" -- by using his own 3-D printer to make face shields for health care providers. He has made and shipped nearly 3,800 shields made of transparency sheets and hard plastic bands to 40 organizations, both locally and abroad.

Gottschalk, 15, said he was inspired by a family friend who works in the medical field when he heard about the lack of proper protective clothing for medical professionals needed to treat those possibly infected with the coronavirus.

While searching the internet for tutorials, Gottschalk found video instruction on creating face shields using a 3-D printer. He first offered his shields to NorCal Ambulance then he enlisted other Scouts from his troop and friends from school to expand his production and outreach.

Bay Area recipients include Oakland's Highland Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Livermore Optometry Group and Waste Management. The protective equipment also has been shipped to University of Miami Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Princeton and Capital Health Hospital, among other places

Gottschalk, a member of Troop 941 in Pleasanton, which is sponsored by VFW Post 6298, plans to continue on the path to Eagle Scout. Donations to help pay for more face shield supplies can be made at www.troop941.org/faceshields.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story ran an incorrect photo that did not depict Gottschalk. The Weekly regrets the error.

Comments

Claudette McDermott
Del Prado
on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:57 am
Claudette McDermott, Del Prado
on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:57 am
1 person likes this

Great job Kai! What a wonderful young man you are. Human kindness and a willingness to do what you can, will help form our world and make it a better place. Let your light guide others to do the same, as we help one another through these challenging times.


Larry Annis
Vintage Hills
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm
Larry Annis, Vintage Hills
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm
5 people like this

This is what Scouting is all about! Our children are exposed to POSITIVE thinking and actions by this fine organization. It is family oriented organization and allows the children to "Learn by Doing" (as a Cal Poly alum I couldn't help but insert its motto!). Congratulations to a fine young man!


Karl Aitken
Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm
Karl Aitken, Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm
2 people like this

Great Job Kai! You are a excellent example of what scouting is all about. I'm very proud of you!!!

Karl Aitken
Eagle Scout


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