College to take part in national experiment

Hailsham Community College will take part in the Rocket Science experiment
Hailsham Community College will take part in the Rocket Science experiment

Students from Hailsham are preparing to grow seeds that have been in orbit with Sussex-born astronaut Tim Peake.

Hailsham Community College will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 rocket seeds that has been on the International Space Station.

In September two kilograms of rocket seeds were flown to the ISS on the Soyuz space capsule as part of the educational project Rocket Science, launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

The seeds will return to Earth in March having spent months in microgravity.

Pupils will grow the seeds alongside those that have stayed on Earth and compare the growth differences over seven weeks.

They will not know which seeds were on the ISS until all the results have been collected by the RHS campaign and analysed by biostatisticians.

Tom Kelly, director of learning for science at the college, said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science.

“This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole college.”

Rocket Science is just one educatoinal project of a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate Peake’s Principia mission.

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