to Katarina's Floating Classroom PODCAST.
6min in length / MP3 format
Photo by Jill s/v Delilah
Women sorting Nutmeg at the nutmeg factory in Grenada.
Photo by Jill s/v Delilah
The giant water wheel that is used to crush the Sugarcane at the
Day in Grenada
11 years old in the 6th grade.
I live on a boat called Escape
Velocityand right now we are in Grenada.
As we've been traveling down the Intercoastal Waterway and through
the Caribbean island chain, we have met a number of cruising families
other cultures. We met Katarina and her family in St. George's,
Grenada shortly after we
One of the highlights of her visit to Grenada was a tour of the
island. Katarina was very enthusiastic about her day-long excursion
was thrilled to turn her adventure into a journal entry and podcast
for us. Meet our cruising enthusiast, 11-year old, Katarina who's
going to take you on a mathematical tour of three island factories.
Hi, my name is Katarina (Kat-a-ree-na) and I’m
11 years old in the 6th grade. I live on a boat called Escape Velocity
and right now we are in Grenada. This is in the southern Caribbean
near Trinidad. The other day I took a tour of the island with 24
other cruisers. We saw the nutmeg, rum, and chocolate factories.
I had a good time. So Kim & David asked me to write about it.
So, what I decided to do was tell you some about each place then
in the end give you a math problem. The answers will be at the
end. Well we might as well get started!
Our first stop was the Nutmeg Factory. It cost us $1(US) to get
in. First we went into a room with about 20 old ladies all cracking
open nutmeg nuts. After that we went up stairs to the room where
they weigh the bags and put them in to units. Each unit had 38
bags in it and hung above it on a slate was the total weight and
where the unit is going. Then we saw the room that had tons of
stencils and lots of spray paint, that’s where they spray
paint on the names of the places the nutmeg is going(I think that’s
the best job). When we were done looking around our tour guide
led us to a room that looked like…um…Ok, imagine your
garage times 75. That’s how big it was! The room had lots
of big trucks to ship the nutmeg from place to place.
Math Question: If 1 truck can take 8
units how many bags can each truck take?
When we got to the Chocolate Factory I expected it to be big as
or bigger than the Nutmeg Factory. It wasn’t. It was basically
a house turned into a little business. To power all the machines
they used 24 solar panels and to hold the power they used 18 batteries!
In the company they make 2 different types of chocolate 71% and
60%. The % has to do with how much cocoa is in it. The more cocoa
(the higher the percentage) the less sweet. In my opinion neither
tasted good but I guess some people like sour chocolate.
Math Question: If each box of chocolate
has 8 bars how many bars would be in 86 boxes?
The first building our guide took us to was where they crush the
sugarcane with a giant watermill. That was so cool! Then we learned
they boil it to get the germs out. After that I saw the cutest
little puppies and stopped to take a picture and missed the last
4 steps (Oops! you girls can relate).
Math Question: If the watermill crushes
27 pounds of sugarcane per hour how many pounds are crushed
1. Nutmeg Factory: 304 bags
2. Chocolate Factory: 688 bars
3. Rum Factory: 648 pounds
I have to say good-bye now so I can go to a potluck at
Court Marina. Ahhh….. I love the cruising life!
So I just hope some day you come out here and maybe I can meet