Pupils will grow seeds from space

Children at Beaconhill Primary School in Cramlington are preparing to embark on a biology voyage of discovery that will be out-of-this-world.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 7:05 am
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Last year, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S.

They spent several months in microgravity on the station before returning to Earth earlier this month.

Beaconhill will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space. They have been sent as part of Rocket Science – an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Pupils will grow them alongside seeds that have not been to space and they will measure the differences over seven weeks.

The children will not know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

Amanda Williams, science co-ordinator and teacher at Beaconhill Primary School, said: “This experiment is a great way of teaching our children to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole community.”

Rocket Science is part of a UK Space Agency educational programme that was developed to celebrate British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS.