Students at TASIS England 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 2016. 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.
TASIS England are one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they planted last week alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. Students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analyzed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable students 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.
TASIS England teacher, Mrs. Bone says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically.”
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a program 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 math) subjects, including horticulture.