The eco club members at Caereinion High 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 will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, and educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
Caereinion High School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the difference over seven weeks. The eco club won’t 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.
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principa mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEm (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.
We’ll keep you up to date with our findings! Don’t forget to keep up to date with the experiment on twitter by following us @YUCaereinion or follow @RHSSchools #RocketScience.