Hope space seeds see rocket growth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Part Of Peake Experiment -

High­worth Gram­mar School pupils have be­come space bi­ol­o­gists and joined the grow­ing num­ber of schools in­volved with as­tro­naut Ma­jor Tim Peake’s space seed ex­per­i­ments.

Year 7 and 8 pupils at the school in Quan­tock Drive, Ash­ford planted seeds that have spent sev­eral months in mi­cro­grav­ity at the International Space Sta­tion (ISS).

The ex­per­i­men­tal project is part of Rocket Sci­ence, a joint ed­u­ca­tion project run by RHS Cam­paign for School Gar­den­ing and the UK Space Agency.

The pupils planted 100 space seeds along­side reg­u­lar ones and will be mea­sur­ing the dif­fer­ence over seven weeks.

But the classes don’t know which seeds are which un­til all results are col­lected and an­a­lysed by bio­statis­ti­cians.

Dr Liz Coupe, sci­ence teacher at High­worth, said: “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 and share their find­ings with the whole school.”

The sci­ence ex­per­i­ment was de­vel­oped by the UK Space Agency to cel­e­brate British ESA as­tro­naut Tim Peake’s mis­sion to the ISS and in­spire young peo­ple to look into ca­reers in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths sub­jects (STEM), in­clud­ing hor­ti­cul­ture.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4355235

Sci­ence tech­ni­cian Emma Levett, back row mid­dle, with pupils from High­worth Gram­mar who are tak­ing part in grow­ing Ma­jor Tim Peake’s space seeds

Pic­ture: NASA/Bill Stafford

As­tro­naut Ma­jor Tim Peake

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