Earlier this year pupils at The Regis School became space biologists and embarked on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that had been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.
The Regis School were one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they grew alongside seeds that hadn’t been to space and measured the differences over seven weeks. The pupils then presented an assembly of their results and made a poster presentation about all of the activities they participated in.
Once complete their work was submitted for a competition to win a place at a conference run by Principia at Portsmouth University. Their application was successful and the lucky pupils attended a two day event. Whilst there they shared their work with other schools, met experts in the field and participated in workshops. However, the main highlight of the event was meeting Tim Peake and attending his keynote speech, the pupils were completely in awe of their hero!
Miss Manley, Science Teacher at The Regis School, says: “We were very excited to be selected to take part in the conference. The pupils worked incredibly hard on their project and I am hoping attending this conference will inspire and motivate them to reach for the stars!’