Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

Solar Digital Library Demo to Peace C...

Last week, I had the opportunity to demo our SPELL Solar Digital Library to Elizabeth Karr, a Technical Information Specialist (librarian) at the US Peace Corps. We had already spoken and exchanged emails about SPELL prior to this, but it was wonderful to meet her in person. In fact, two-and-a-half hours flew by before I […]

50 Solar Libraries Ready for Vanuatu ...

Cal Poly students posing with the completed solar digital libraries This was the final week of classes at Cal Poly, and it was a busy one for the students in this Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) project-based course, with the students completing the build of 50 solar digital libraries. Four of these students will […]

Building 50+ Solar Digital Libraries

We finally reached the production stage for our Solar Digital Libraries! We built 50 and counting…. The hands-on work involved drilling, wire-cutting and stripping, soldering, heat-shrinking, gluing, and Velcro-ing. The students were energetic, and showed up for four separate build meetings, which flew by, as someone would volunteer to play deejay, and the music would […]

SPELL Solar Digital Library Prototype...

The students in Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) 411 proudly debuted the SPELL solar powered digital library prototype at the San Luis Obispo MakerSpace Expo on May 9, 2015.   The Solar Powered Educational Learning Library (SPELL) is designed for remote, rural schools with no electricity or Internet access. It provides an […]