It Is Rocket Science!

Higham Lane School is over the moon after learning it will be taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society's Rocket Science Experiment.

The RHS Rocket Science project, in partnership with the UK Space Agency, is a nationwide experiment and a fun, interactive way to get students thinking about how plants might grow in space. It will help them understand the difficulties of living, growing and eating in space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station on Soyuz 44S. The seeds are being held in microgravity for six months with British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, taking charge of them while on the ISS for his Principia mission, which started in December.

The seeds are due to return to Earth in April this year, and Higham Lane will be one of several schools to receive 100 seeds. These will be grown alongside seeds that have not been to space to see if there are any differences in growth. No-one at the School will know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth.

Students will care for the seedlings, record their growth and observe them over a seven-week period, then enter their findings into a database. After all the data has been collected, the results will be analysed by professional statisticians. Leading scientists from the RHS and European Space Agency will interpret the results and draw possible conclusions prior to publishing their findings on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website.

Science teacher, Mrs Rowland, is currently taking names of students who would like to be part of the mission. If you would like to know more about Rocket Science before the seeds arrive at Higham Lane, you can:-

> Visit the RHS Rocket Science Webpage https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Rocket-Science-Experiment-Overview

> Track the ISS online http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.VgLAf8tVhBc

> Watch a video of the rocket launch that delivered our seeds to the ISS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R7gWKZZsg

> Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/rhsschools #RocketScience or Facebook: facebook.com/rhsschoolgardening

Below: British astronaut, Tim Peake, with the space seeds, 100 of which will be heading for Higham Lane School.