BOCES project converts campus cop car to natural gas

NORWICH – Students in the DCMO BOCES Career and Technical Education Programs are exploring the use of alternative energy resources in a project that will convert the Campus Security patrol car into a bi-fuel vehicle.

For several weeks, students in Harold Stevens’ Security and Law class and Jim Foster’s Auto Tech class have been earning science credits by studying alternative energy resources in Erin Engle-Thomas’s science class and brainstorming ideas to apply this knowledge to their field of interest. Together, teachers came up with an idea to modify the Campus Security car to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas in a project that integrated students’ knowledge of alternative energy.

Stevens purchased an $1,100 natural gas conversion kit for the car earlier this year, teaching his class the financial aspects and the pros and cons of the project.

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