Rocket Science!

1st October 2016
Our Year 5 and 6 Children were hugely inspired by our recent 'Space seeds project' which was part of a national initiative to investigate growing seeds in space in the future.
The children worked with parent Mr Rouse alongside the Royal Horticultural Society and Tim Peake to conduct a very exacting and scientific experiment on which seeds grew best - those that had been to space or those that hadn't!
The children didn't know which seeds were which as they were just labelled red and blue! The answer was revealed by Tim Peake himself via a Youtube link.
If you are interested to see further information please use the links in the interesting email below.

From: Date: 3 November 2016 at 10:53 To: Subject: Rocket Science - the results are in!

Dear Rocket Science participant,


We are so excited to announce that the results of our huge science experiment can now be revealed!


Overall we found that on average, the Earth seeds grew better than the space seeds, but not by much. We think this is most likely caused by the space seeds being slightly affected by radiation while on board the ISS. Despite this, they still grew and that is great news as it means there is still potential to grow food on long-term missions, or even another planet in the future!


We have written a published a very special colourful report called ‘Rocket Science: Our Voyage of Discovery’ which is now available to download free from our website. The report contains the results, theories from pupils, comments from leading scientists, quotes, photos and a very special message from Tim.


To download a copy of the report to print and keep, head here:


We would like to thank you all again for being so fantastic and being one of over 8,600 groups to take part in this project. With your help, we have made one small step towards knowing more about growing food in space and one giant leap in inspiring young people all across the UK in science.


We hope to be back in 2018 with another ‘out of this world’ project so watch this ‘space’!


Thank you,

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening Team



Royal Horticultural Society

The Pines, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB