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SolarSPELL

SolarSPELL is a Solar Powered Educational Learning Library: a ruggedized, portable, solar-powered, digital library over an off-line WiFi hotspot, designed to simulate an online experience and which provides relevant, localized educational content to resource-constrained locations around the world.

To date, SolarSPELL team members have traveled across the Pacific - including Federal State of Micronesia, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga - and East Africa to carry out training with local teachers, health care workers, and Peace Corps volunteers to deploy the first 275 SPELL libraries.

SolarSPELL digital libraries are designed and built by Arizona State University students and SolarSPELL supporters. The hardware is assembled by SolarSPELL volunteer-advocates, while the library’s content is curated and contributed to by ASU librarians, faculty, staff, and students.