The project, Rocket Science, has given around half a million UK children the chance to become space biologists and 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. Clewer Green children are taking part to see what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.
Last week we planted 200 rocket seeds - 100 from a blue packet and 100 from a red packet. One packet contained seeds that had travelled to space with Tim Peake and one packet contained seeds that had remained here on earth. The seeds will be grown side by side on a windowsill for 35 days and the children will measure and record any similarities or differences that they observe. At the end they will be invited to make a prediction as to which seeds have been to space, before Tim Peake reveals to us the true identity of the seeds.
Our 8 trays are on the windowsill in the corridor opposite Victorians, so do look through the window if you are in the main school playground. In order to comply with this national experiment however, we do need to make certain that the seeds are not disturbed in any way.