In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station where to spend months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016.
The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
Scarborough Pupil Referral Service (PRS) will be one of the chosen schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space. They will grow these alongside seeds which have not been into space to measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils will not be told which packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
PRS science teacher Alexendra Vipurs said “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole community.”
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.
Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.