Pupils grow Space Seeds

Posted: 13th May 2016

 

 

 

Pupils at the Prep are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space! This is part of the Rocket Science project (launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency). Toby Berryman, a Year 7 pupil, applied for the seeds, as he thought it would be an exciting project to take part in. Our pupils are now growing them alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measuring the differences over seven weeks.

The pupils 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. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils 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.

This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.

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