Pupils prepare to grow seeds from space

Year seven pupils with the packs of seeds from Tim Peake.

Year seven pupils with the packs of seeds from Tim Peake. - Credit: Archant

Seeds from space were delivered to excited children from Clevedon School who are preparing to carry out experiments on the packs.

The pupils have been given a packet of speeds which have spent six months on the International Space Station (ISS).

The seeds were stored in microgravity by British astronaut Tim Peake before being returned to earth this spring.

Children will be growing the space seeds alongside seeds which have not spent time in microgravity and recording the results over seven weeks.

Pupils are being asked to take photos of their experiments and the results will be collected by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening.

Rocket Science is one of a number of educational programmes developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate the Principia mission of Tim Peake to the ISS.

Pupils will be looking at the similarities and differences in the growth of the seeds, thinking about the challenges of growing food in extreme climates and what supplies astonauts need to survive in space.