Space Seeds

Bright Beginnings is delighted to announce that we are one of up to 10,000 schools and childcare centres across the country that have been selected to take part in a national experiment launched by RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency – growing seeds which have been sent to space!

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth on March 2nd 2016. The seeds were sent to space as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which we will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. We won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

This exciting nationwide science experiment will enable our children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

We can’t wait to get started! You can get more information about the project here, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for future #RocketScience updates!