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Hurst take part in Tim Peake ‘Rocket Science’ experiment

Published Wednesday 2nd of November 2016 10:41:36 AM

Hurst Prep School pupils planted seeds from space as part of a national science experiment in collaboration with astronaut Tim Peake. Nine pupils from Years 3 to 6 began the experiment on Tuesday 26th April by planting 100 rocket seeds. The School is one of 10,000 schools in the UK to join the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the UK Space Agency’s Rocket Science project. In September, 2kgs of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station on Soyuz 44S with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake who looked after them. They were held in microgravity for six months and were sent back to earth this month. The children have been asked to grow the seeds alongside identical rocket seeds that have remained on Earth. The pupils will not know which seeds have been to space but will compare and record the seeds’ growth over the next seven weeks. Once the information has been entered into a database, professional statisticians will analyse the data and leading scientists from the European Space Agency will interpret the results. An online report will also be made available on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website (https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk) from September 2016. The project is being supervised by Hurst Art teacher, Lucy Lane, and Gardening Club co-ordinator and Science teacher, Lindsay Moakes. Mrs Lane said, “This project is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a nationwide trial connected to the excitement surrounding Tim Peake's mission into space. The children are eagerly waiting for the seeds to show signs of germination and from then on it is a daily job to check and record leaf growth and height. Gardening has proved a popular after school club at Hurst Prep and this experiment has added another dimension to capture the children's interest by linking it into science research. We are all looking forward to reporting our rocket results during the oncoming weeks.”
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