Seeds from Space

Ormiston Forge Academy gardening club are working with the science department to grow seeds from space!

Last week students at Forge became space biologists and embarked on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been to the International Space Station (ISS).

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the ISS where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth last week. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

We are one of 8,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space; they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space the differences measured over seven weeks. The students don’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 students 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.

Mrs Colwell, head gardener, 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 community.

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

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