Sign up for a global health and education project-based course with SolarSPELL this fall

SolarSPELL at Arizona State University, within the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society, is a global educational initiative that combines curated digital libraries, solar-powered, offline technology, and the training to build information literacy and internet-ready skills. As part of the SolarSPELL initiative at ASU, we are developing a solar-powered, offline digital library for biomedical engineering technicians, or BMETs, in low-resourced countries.

The goal is to provide biomedical technicians and other health workers who lack access to internet connectivity with access to reliable technical resources to fix and maintain medical equipment. In partnership with Engineering World Health, SolarSPELL has piloted these digital libraries in Tanzania and Rwanda, and has planned expansions for Malawi and more.

In the fall semester, SolarSPELL has two project-based courses available for undergraduates (EGR 307) and graduates (EGR 598) to take. With the right students, SolarSPELL hopes the course will focus on upcoming work with the Himalayan Cataract project and preparing the existing BMET library collection to suit their needs, particularly to include content from Cure Blindness.

Find out more at and sign up for the course today! If it’s not the best fit, reach out to Courtney Finkbeiner at [email protected] to explore other internship opportunities.