Seeds in space garden project

19th April 2016

YEAR 3 and 4 children at Pensans School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March.

The seeds were sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Pensans School is one of thousands of schools around the UK to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven't. 

The children will measure the differences over seven weeks without knowing which seed packet contains which seeds until all the results have been analysed.

Jo Stoddern, class teacher at Pensans, says: "We are very excited to be taking part in the Rocket Science project.

"This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our children to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school and community.

"It also links with their essential question this term: How can we plant seeds for future generations?

"The children are already excited about cultivating our roof garden – this project adds another intergalactic dimension."

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

You can follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience