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Micronesia Peace Corps SolarSPELL Pro...

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The US Peace Corps in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) hosted the SolarSPELL team for a second year as the team carried out a workshop with this year’s incoming class of Peace Corps volunteers. The training took place in Pohnpei in July, 2016. Laura Hosman and Bruce Baikie led the training, which included an […]

Second Training with Peace Corps Volu...

Second Training with Peace Corps Volunteers in Samoa: Upolu Island

The SolarSPELL team held the second of two trainings with Peace Corps volunteers in Samoa in mid-June, 2016, on Upolu Island. The SPELL team was appreciative of the opportunity to get to know the volunteers here before the training started; another welcoming and informative group! They had already heard about the SPELL from their fellow […]

First Training with Peace Corps Volun...

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The SolarSPELL team held the first of two trainings with Peace Corps volunteers in Samoa in early June, 2016, on Savai’i island. This training was particularly exciting for a few reasons: first, because all of the PC Volunteers in Samoa are English-language teachers, and/or librarians at their local schools. Thus, the SolarSPELL digital library is […]

75 New SolarSPELLs Built!

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On Friday May 6, 2016, students at Cal Poly built 75 new SolarSPELL libraries! What’s more, this feat—which included drilling, wire-stripping, soldering, gluing, taping, Velcro-ing, and much more, was accomplished in just a few hours. The group did, in fact, get a jump-start on the build on Wednesday, May 4, having had the opportunity to […]

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Voice of America features SolarSPELL on Learning English News Program

The Voice of America featured the SolarSPELL digital library in a recent news article on its website. Vanuatu Peace Corps volunteer Alexis Cullen, Peace Corps ICT4D Program Officer Gabriel Krieshok, and Prof. Laura Hosman were interviewed for the article. The article also features links to two videos on the SolarSPELL website.

Two Videos on SolarSPELL from Cal Pol...

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Mustang News, the award-winning on-campus source for media about California Polytechnic State University, has released two videos about the SolarSPELL project. The first video (above) gives an overview of the library and the project (up to now). The second video covers the Appropriate Technology Workshop and Build Day that was held in October 2015, when […]

Field Report from Kelly, Peace Corps ...

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Hi SolarSPELL team, First, thank you for the opportunity for me to present such a cool device to a remote village in Vanuatu! I really enjoyed delivering the SPELL unit to the village of Vetimboso near my site here on the island of Vanua Lava. To date it has been the most rewarding project that […]

30 More SolarSPELL libraries delivere...

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Thirty additional SolarSPELL libraires have been delivered to Chuuk, FSM! On November 23rd and 24th a training on the use of these solar powered offline digital libraries was held at Chuuk High School. The training participants included both principals from remote island schools and Chuuk High School staff who will be traveling to remote islands […]

30 more SolarSPELL libraries built at...

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On October 24 2015, students from across Cal Poly’s campus gathered for an interactive workshop on Appropriate Technology for the Developing World and to participate in the hands-on activity of building 30 additional SolarSPELL libraries. The workshop and build were led by Prof. Laura Hosman. The students, representing a wide variety of majors, participated in […]

SolarSPELL First Field Update from Al...

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We held a training with Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu just last month, on how to use the SolarSPELL digital libraries, and provided 25 libraries and tablets to the attendees. Below is the text of an email from Alexis Cullen. She and her husband Steve are Peace Corps volunteers in Naviso, on Maewo Island, in Vanuatu. They […]