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Rocket Seeds

Year 3 at Cupernham Junior School are growing seeds from space!

Our year 3 children are being space biologists and embarking 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.


Our school is one of up to 10,000 schools who have received a packet of 100 seeds from space, which we are now growing alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measuring the differences over seven weeks. The children won’t know which packet contained which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.


The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment is enabling the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.


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.


If you'd like to see how the seeds are doing pop into Year 3 and have a look.