Rocket Science at Francis Barber

Rocket Science at Francis Barber

Pupils at Francis Barber PRU are proud to be part of ‘Rocket Science’ an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency, which will enable them to commence a journey of exploring the seeds from the space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016.

The seeds have been returned to earth April 2016 and Francis Barber PRU is one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, orbiting the earth at 17,000mph, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure 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.

With more than 8,600 schools and educational groups poised to begin their Rocket Science experiment, the project is now among the biggest mass science experiments conducted in UK schools.

The aim of the experiment is to enthuse young people about science and horticulture and provide the European Space Agency with key insights into some of the challenges of growing food in space.

Results of the experiment will be published later in the year but keep an eye on our website, for updates!


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