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