Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

SolarSPELL Project Honored with PLuS ...

Dr. Laura Hosman received the PLuS Alliance Prize for Education Innovation at an awards ceremony held at Bush House, of King’s College London, on Sep. 3 2017. The PLuS Alliance Prize recognizes outstanding innovation contributions by individuals or groups in addressing the greatest global challenges facing society today. The PLuS Alliance Prize was established in […]

SolarSPELL goes to the Capitol! (in P...

The ASU alumni association played host to ASU Day at the Capitol on February 21, 2017, and SolarSPELL had the opportunity to spread the word about our solar digital library to lawmakers, interested citizens, and ASU alums. It’s always exciting when Sparky shows up! The SolarSPELL team had the opportunity to demonstrate how the SolarSPELL […]

Tonga Peace Corps embraces the SolarS...

Tonga Peace Corps embraces the SolarSPELL digital library

A team of students and faculty from Arizona State University (ASU) traveled to Tonga the second week of December 2016 to deliver their portable ruggedized solar-powered digital library for use in schools and communities across Tonga. The SPELL, or Solar Powered Educational Learning Library, is self- (solar) powered and generates an offline WiFi hotspot that […]

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 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 […]

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 […]