Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

Rwanda Guest Post: Reflections from M...

Mico Theogene is a Bridge2Rwanda Scholar. SolarSPELL has recently named him one of the SolarSPELL Bridge2Rwanda Internship Team. This is Mico’s reflection on our week long Content Curation Workshop: The world is full of injustice, discrimination, poverty, and inequality. It is astonishing to meet people who devote their skills and lives to fighting against the […]

Rwanda Travel Post: Field Report from...

Chloe, an undergraduate student from ASU’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, joined the SolarSPELL project in fall 2017 and traveled with the team to Rwanda. The following is an anecdote from her experience: When I would tell people that I was going to Rwanda on an implementation trip for SolarSPELL, their expression would […]

Vanuatu Travel Post: Field Report fro...

Kristen, a graduate student of ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, joined the SolarSPELL team this year and recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu. The following anecdote shares one meaningful experience on the trip: Throughout the time spent in Vanuatu, there were countless moments that left me feeling deeply grateful for […]

Vanuatu Travel Posts: Field Report fr...

CJ, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student from ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, joined the SolarSPELL team this year and traveled with the team to Vanuatu. Her applied doctoral project focused on helping address low back pain issues among Peace Corps volunteers and citizens of Vanuatu. The following are her travel posts: 12/8/2017 […]

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 […]