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Micronesia Peace Corps SolarSPELL Pro...

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]