Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

100 SolarSPELLs Built in One Day!

On Saturday April 8th 2017, a dedicated and motivated group of 30+ volunteers came together at ASU’s Polytechnic campus and built 100 SolarSPELL digital libraries. This is the largest build in the history of the project! These libraries will go out with Peace Corps volunteers across the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Samoa, the Federated States […]

Voice of America features SolarSPELL ...

Voice of America features SolarSPELL on Learning English News Program

The Voice of America featured the SolarSPELL digital library in a recent news article on its website. Vanuatu Peace Corps volunteer Alexis Cullen, Peace Corps ICT4D Program Officer Gabriel Krieshok, and Prof. Laura Hosman were interviewed for the article. The article also features links to two videos on the SolarSPELL website.

Two Videos on SolarSPELL from Cal Pol...

Mustang News, the award-winning on-campus source for media about California Polytechnic State University, has released two videos about the SolarSPELL project. The first video (above) gives an overview of the library and the project (up to now). The second video covers the Appropriate Technology Workshop and Build Day that was held in October 2015, when […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]