Rocket Science is centred around a UK wide practical schools’ experiment. This experiment is a fun interactive way to get students thinking about how plants might grow in space. It will help them understand the difficulties of living, growing and eating in space.
Two kilograms of rocket seed travelled from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on the Soyuz 44S Rocket to the ISS. The seeds will be stored on the ISS for six months before returning to Earth in Spring 2016. The seeds will be sent to 10,000 UK schools and grown alongside seeds that have not been to space to see if there are any differences in growth. Schools will not know which seeds have been to space and which have remained on Earth. The experiment will run for a period of 35 days, during which time students will collect and record data from the seedlings’ growth. At the conclusion of the experiment, schools will enter their results into a database and the results will be published.
Alongside the Rocket Science experiment there are three curriculum linked activities to further engage primary aged students with plants in space:
Plan an 'Astro Garden': plan a garden on Earth to provide quick growing, tasty crops to feed an astronaut. This can form part of your school garden and includes a wide range of plants.
Design and Make a Table Top Greenhouse: design a greenhouse which can withstand the challenging Martian environment and grow plants for astronauts to eat.
People need Plants in Space: write an article, poem or packing list to show how people are dependent on plants for their survival in space as well as on Earth. This is the section featured in the taster resources.
Growing Food for Space Exploration: investigate the effect of different soils on plant growth. Suitable for ages 11-16 in the science, technology and maths curricula. Focuses on photosynthesis, plant requirements and the likelihood of life existing elsewhere in our solar system or the universe.
The Hazards of Space Mutation: students create fun models of an imaginary organism to investigate the effects of radiation mutation on chromosomes in space. Suitable for ages 15-16 in the science curriculum. Focuses on understanding mutation, DNA, genes and the consequential effects of radiation.
Healthy Eating for Space Travellers: astronaut diets are carefully monitored when in space. This topic focuses on testing the vitamin C content of various fruits and vegetables. Suitable for ages 13-16 in the science curriculum. Focuses on nutrition, vitamin content, healthy balanced diets and new scientific developments
|Age||5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19|
|Published||2010 to date|
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