Rocket Science
Rocket Science
Dan, Ollie and Matthew with the seven week old rocket seedlings and data sheet.
Rocket Science
Rocket science experiment concludes

In March, Chipping Campden School was one of 10,000 schools across the UK to receive two packets of rocket seeds as part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Rocket Science project.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment, done in partnership with the European Space Agency, aimed to inspire 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.

The seeds had been previously flown out to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in the spring. When British ESA astronaut Tim Peake arrived on ISS for his Principia mission in December took charge of them!

The Science department subsequently received 100 seeds that had been on the ISS and 100 seeds that had remained on Earth. The seed packets were colour coded and we weren't told which was which.

Our Year 9 Scientists' Dan, Ollie and Matthew volunteered to take on the responsibility of conducting the experiment, and for the last seven weeks have diligently compared, monitored and recorded the growth of the two seed types through research and observation.

We 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. Leading scientists from the RHS and European Space Agency will interpret the results and draw possible conclusions.

The full results will be published in September, so we now await the results with anticipation!


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