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March 31, 2015 > Alvarado Middle team wins at Science and Engineering Fair

Alvarado Middle team wins at Science and Engineering Fair

Submitted By Vandana Deep

Team U-Power from New Haven Unified DistrictÕs Alvarado Middle School participated in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF) competition held on March 21 and 22 in Pleasanton. They were among a few other teams from the district and part of approximately 650 participating projects for the fair.

The team, comprised of 8th graders Arshia Deep, Serena Lee and Viren Srivasatva, set out with a goal to understand thermoelectric/seebeck effect and apply the learnings to build a prototype, which is essentially a safety device consisting of LEDs, Peltier tiles, and a joule thief that leveraged body heat to generate electricity. Being their first project with electrical circuits they went through a learning curve to understand basic concepts of electrical engineering. The team won 1st place in their category and advanced to the California State Science Fair in May. They also got invited to participate in the Broadcom Masters competition.

ACSEF provides a forum for stimulating student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and an avenue for educators to fulfill the new Common Core Standards. Grade 6 through 12 students educated within Alameda County from home school, charter, public, private and parochial schools are eligible to participate in the fair held annually at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Learn more at

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