Rocket Science Project

The young people we work with were selected to be part of a project growing seeds that have been into space.

In March, a group of young people we work with were  selected  to take part in a project growing seeds that have been into space.

rocket seed experimentIn September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent  several months in microgravity before returning to Earth. The seeds were  sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Safe and Sound  are one of up to 10,000 schools and organisations working with young people to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which we have been  growing alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measuring the differences over seven weeks. No one taking part in the experiment knows which packet contains which seeds  yet  but this will be revealed shortly (hopefully we will be hearing from Tim Peake this week) now that the last sets of results have been  submitted to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and are being analysed by professional biostatisticians.

rocket seed experimentThe out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment has enabled the young participants 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.

We are very proud to have taken  part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of giving young people  the chance to get involved with an engaging activity and to  share their findings as part of a national project. We feel this unique project will benefit the young people we work with in enabling them to move forwards positively with their lives following sexual exploitation.

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.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience

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