SBM Offshore launches second annual Guyana-Monaco Mousetrap Car Grand Prix

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SBM Offshore has officially initiated the second Guyana-Monaco Mousetrap Car Grand Prix 2024, inviting secondary schools in Guyana to participate in the unique international competition with the support of the Ministry of Education.

According to a release from SBM Offshore Guyana, the Monaco Mousetrap Car Grand Prix, held annually in the Principality of Monaco, encourages high school students to design model race cars powered by mousetraps and propelled by the laws of physics. Created under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, the competition aims to promote Science and Engineering engagingly and entertainingly. 

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SBM Offshore has extended an invitation for Guyana to participate once again in this global event, offering three categories for entries – Acceleration, Endurance, and Innovation and Creativity.

Garri Fraser, SBM Offshore Guyana’s Local Content Officer, emphasized the company’s commitment to education, stating, “At SBM Offshore Guyana, we believe that investing in education and providing opportunities for young minds to thrive is crucial for the advancement of our society. We are eager to witness the incredible ideas and solutions that will emerge from this competition and the impact it will have on the participating students.”

Deputy Chief Education Officer, Marti De Souza, praised the efforts of the students and teachers involved in the previous year’s competition, highlighting the innovative use of scientific and engineering principles. De Souza commended SBM Offshore for providing this opportunity, offering Guyanese students a chance to engage in the competition and the unique experience of witnessing the Monaco Car Grand Prix.

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Interested students can register on the website https://mousetraprace.sbm.gy/. Following the submission of applications, an official request will be sent to Monaco, and mousetrap kits will be dispatched to Guyana. Participating schools will have a designated timeframe to complete their mousetrap cars, with a local competition serving as the pre-qualifier for the international leg. Cash prizes for the first-place winners in each category will be awarded to purchase materials for their schools’ Science Departments.

Videos showcasing the top three performers in each category will be submitted to Monaco for entry into the international leg. If a local team succeeds in the international competition, SBM Offshore Guyana will sponsor their travel to Monaco, providing the opportunity to witness the Historic Grand Prix. In 2023, Raphel Persaud of St. Stanislaus College had this opportunity, witnessing prestigious events and touring Nice, France, and Monaco, including a visit to SBM Offshore’s office.

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