Pupils set to become young space ‘boffins’

The Ellon Academy Community Campus
The Ellon Academy Community Campus

Pupils at Ellon Academy are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

Last September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they have spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth.

They were sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Ellon Academy is about to become one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside other seeds and measure the differences over seven weeks.

The pupils won’t know which packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed.

The nationwide science experiment will enable the youngsters to think more about how human life could be preserved on another planet, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties of growing fresh food in challenging climates.