The Sirocco leader uses math in her job every day and wants to show kids how fun and useful it can be. She has a special project in the works through Scholastic that joins colorful animation and storytelling with boating and oceanic conservation. Plus, she created a cool video for a New York math teacher that just about any teacher, parent or kid can use.
Viewers often see Yawn looking at one of her many maps and tools while she’s working in the wheelhouse. She makes critical calls, sometimes even life or death decisions using math and navigation. Storm coming? Use math to chart your course to safer waters. How does she do it?
Here’s how kids can chart their own course
Yawn graciously made a video for a New York math teacher to help her elementary school students learn about navigation. The teacher wrote, “WHAT HAS MATH DONE FOR YOU LATELY CAPTAIN SANDY? Captain Sandy NAVIGATES how MATHEMATICS is ESSENTIAL to prep for and course the open sea and meet the demands required of a yacht captain!”
Yawn is seen wearing her uniform with maps and tools, ready to show kids how math can help navigate. She greets the kids in the first video and gets the kids ready to navigate. “Without math, I wouldn’t be a good captain,” she reminds viewers. “I’d always be late and probably lost at sea. So math is crucial and critical for navigation!”
Her next slide shows her with a ruler plotting her course. Over the slide, she wrote, “Parallel rulers — drafting instrument used by navigators to draw parallel lines on charts.” The next slide shows her using a divider, which is used for measuring lines and appropriate lengths of non-linear paths on a chart.
She tells the kids she first needs to figure out two things. “Time of departure and my distance,” she says. “The distance, we use parallels. This is Ciutadella. This is Barcellona. I’m going to measure that.” She shows kids how to measure. She draws her course line and then uses her dividers and shows how to figure out how far and how long the journey will take. Cool!
Yawn then shows kids how she uses a tried and true formula to measure distance, speed and time. She explains the formula is always like this and never changes. “It’s a formula, it never changes,” she reminds viewers. She shows where you multiply and divide with the formula too.
Yawn may release additional educational videos, according to the Instagram post. She’s expressed an interest in helping kids excel in school and in their careers. “I’m a great teacher because I had a hard time learning,” Yawn told Showbiz Cheat Sheet in December. “I look at the person and see what they respond to, especially on a boat. And try to inspire, teach and encourage them.”