Seeds in Space

The young people from Pine Lodge were very excited to watch British Astronaut Tim Peake blast off for the International Space Station; not only were they watching history being made but their “Rocket seeds” were travelling with him into outer space!

Pine Lodge Short Stay school is taking part in a project being jointly run by the Royal Horticultural Society, and UK Space Agency, to give young people the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on  earth

After several months on board, the seeds will be sent back and will land in the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2016. After they return to the UK, they will be packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth and sent out to Pine Lodge and other schools.
Young people at Pine Lodge  will  then be able  embark on a voyage of discovery 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.

Pine Lodge  will be invited to input their results into a national on-line database so that results can be compared across all schools in the UK. The project is aimed at inspiring pupils to think scientifically and helping them to see the potential of future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and Horticulture.

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