Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Seeds from space! News from Mrs Fenton...

I have just heard they we be taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rocket Science Experiment.

The RHS Rocket Science project, in partnership with the UK Space Agency, is a UK wide experiment and a fun, interactive way to get pupils thinking about how plants might grow in space. 
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station on Soyuz 44S. The seeds will held in microgravity for 6 months with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake taking charge of them while on the ISS for his Principia mission starting in December.

The seeds will return to earth in April 2016 and Orchard Junior School will be one of 10,000 schools to receive 100 seeds from space. These will be grown alongside seeds that have not been to space to see if there are any differences in growth. No one at Orchard will know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth.

We will care for the seedlings, record their growth and observations over 7 weeks and enter data into a database. After all the data has been collected, the results will be analysed by professional statisticians. Leading scientists from the RHS and European Space Agency will interpret the results and draw possible conclusions, publishing their results on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.

I am very excited to be taking part in this project and our results will contribute to a national experiment!

If you would like to know more about Rocket Science before the seeds arrive at Orchard, you can:

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