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RHS Rocket Seeds Have Arrived!

The Rocket seeds that were sent into space have returned, and it's time to experiment

We first heard about the project last May when we attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. It's been organised by the RHS Campaign For School Gardening. They had a stand in the Great Pavilion explaining what the project would entail. So we knew back then what an exciting and great experience this would be for the children. Growing space seeds, wow!

The excitement started last week when Radio Derby asked if they could come to Chaucer and ask some of the children who would be growing the seeds about the Rocket Science experiment. What a great job they did!

We will be growing 200 Rocket seeds (100 from a red packet, and 100 from a blue packet) until half term. One packet has been up into space, the other one hasn't. No one knows which is which, only the RHS, and Tim Peake the astronaut of course

Now we have sown the seeds, we will watch them grow over the next few weeks. We will be looking for things like time of germination, number of leaves and plant heights, and recording the results on a chart. Tim Peake has recorded a message for schools which will be aired the week before half term to reveal which of the seed packets have been into space, red or blue. At the end of the experiment all the results will be collected onto an online database by the 17th June. Then the results will be revealed as to how the plants have performed

We are very proud to be part of this experiment with the RHS. When you think how far some of these little seeds have travelled, and now they've been planted at Chaucer, it's amazing!

I also think what makes this project so exciting is that no one knows what the outcome will be or which seeds are which.

We will blog our progress as we go along

Click here please for more photos:

http://www.chaucerjunior.org.uk/gallery/default.asp?pid=3&gcatid=1&albumid=499

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