The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project.
The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team.
Two kilograms of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.
After several months on board, the seeds were sent back and distributed to schools & Scout Groups, Hove Edge Beavers were lucky enough to receive 200 seeds (100 space & 100 earth bound).
The Seeds are growing at Kershaw’s, after they were planted at a special evening in April,with equipment provided by the Garden Centre. The Beavers will be visiting the centre keeping a record of how the seeds grow.
The Beaver Group will input their results into a national online database so that results can be compared across all schools in the UK. The project is aimed at inspiring children to think scientifically and helping them to see the potential of future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and Horticulture.
The seeds will be on display as part of National Children’s Gardening week (28th May to 5th June) alongside daily planting and craft activties.