Pupils at Bainsford primary got some out of this world news this week as they were chosen to grow seeds from outer space.
Children in P6 will become space biologists as part of the Rocket Science project by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
When Tim Peake flew to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz 44S in September, two kilos of rocket seeds went with him and his fellow astronauts.
The seeds will return to earth in March and Bainsford primary will get 100 of them to grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks.
The nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think 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.
P6 teacher Mrs Martin said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.
“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.”
Rocket Science is one of the educational projects developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s principal mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and horticulture. Follow the project on Twitter, @RHSSchools #RocketScience.