Ellon pupils to grow seeds from space

The Ellon Academy Community Campus
The Ellon Academy Community Campus

Ellon Academy pupils are preparing to become space biologists by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station as part of Rocket Science which is an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

The seeds will return to Earth in March next year.

Ellon Academy is one of up to 10,000 schools that will receive a packet of 100 seeds to allow the pupils to compare their growth against seeds that have not been to space.

The project aims to enable pupils to think more about the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Miss Kettle, Biology Teacher at Ellon Academy, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science.

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

“The project will be carried out by the S1 Science Club.”

Schools and educational groups can still apply to the project at: www.rhs.org.uk