Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]