Space Biologists prepare to take off with our Rocket Science experiment!

The project is now closed for applications and schools are getting ready to receive their space seeds

06 April 2016

After an overwhelming response to our Rocket Science project, we have now closed for applications. On Monday 18th April, over 8,300 schools and educational groups will receive their Rocket Science pack and begin our out-of-this-world experiment.
 
Using a booklet containing scientific experiment guidelines, each recipient will grow 100 seeds that have spent six months on board the International Space Station with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake and 100 seeds that have remained on Earth. They will take a number of specific measurements during a 35 day growing period and record these on their Rocket Science wall chart. 
 
Whether you are taking part in the main experiment or not, we have some brilliant activities for your pupils to take part in and get them thinking about how humans could survive on another planet in the future.

Primary Activity Pack: 

  1. Plan an astro garden – plan a garden on Earth to provide quick-growing, tasty crops to feed an astronaut (can be replicated or planted up in the school garden)
  2. People need plants in space – write an article, poem or packing list to show how people are dependent on plants for their survival in space, as well as on Earth
  3. Grow plants on Mars – design a greenhouse which can withstand the challenging Martian environment and grow plants for astronauts to eat

Download the primary activity pack by clicking here.

Secondary Activity Pack: 

  1. Growing food for space exploration – investigate the effect of different soils on plant growth (suitable for the science, technology and maths curricula)
  2. Healthy eating for space travellers – astronaut diets are carefully monitored when in space and this activity focuses on testing the vitamin C content of various fruits and vegetables (suitable for the science curriculum)
  3. Hazards of space travel – students create fun models of an imaginary organism to investigate the effects of radiation mutation on chromosomes in space

Download the secondary activity pack by clicking here

Send us your photos!

If you are taking part in any Rocket Science activities, please send us photos or examples of your work so we can see how you are getting on. A number of schools have sent us photos of their work, pupils practising sowing seeds and pupils making plant label, which you can see below. 

If you would like to share your photos with us, send them via Facebook, Twitter or to schoolgardening@rhs.org.uk.
 
See what schools have been up to so far:

Lee Chapel Primary School buying their Rocket Science equipment:



Kinnaird Primary School creating their Rocket Science plant labels:



Bright Beginnings with their Rocket Science shopping list:



Chisenhale Primary School's Rocket Science display:



Holy Cross Primary School practising sowing seeds:



The Maplesden Noakes School's Rocket Science posters:



Kingussie High School getting ready for the project:



Action for Children practising sowing seeds:



Pupil at Corpus Christi School with his handmade rocket in a pop-up space station:



Read more about the Rocket Science project by clicking here.

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