Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

75 New SolarSPELLs Built!


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 […]

Voice of America features SolarSPELL ...

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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 […]

Successful Second Deployment of 25 SP...

Successful Second Deployment of 25 SPELL Solar Digital Libraries with Peace Corps in Vanuatu

The Solar SPELL team from Cal Poly held a full-day training session at Peace Corps Headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on September 9, 2015. Volunteers traveled to the training from across many of the islands that comprise Vanuatu, and were extremely enthusiastic about being able to use the digital libraries in the schools and communities […]

Cal Poly Solar SPELL Team Holds Succe...


The Solar SPELL team from Cal Poly carried out a two-day training session with the incoming class of Peace Corps volunteers in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The training took place in Madolenihmw, Pohnpei in on August 4 & 5, 2015. Cal Poly Professor Laura Hosman and student Drew Balthazor led the training, which […]

SolarSPELL featured on BBC World Serv...


A short while ago, Dr. Laura Hosman was interviewed about the SPELL project on the BBC World Service Program Click. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk about what our solar digital libraries are, how they work, what the content is, and why having great content is so important. It was perfect timing to raise […]