Science: Year 3 Grow Rocket Seeds From Outer Space


Year 3 have become space biologists and are embarking on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

Last 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 in March 2016.



The seeds have been sent to schools as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

The children received two packets of rocket seeds to plant under specific scientific regulations. The children rose to the challenge of planting their seeds while learning the rules of fair testing as they went!


The purpose of this research is to see whether seeds that have been in space will grow differently to their earth counterparts.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable Year 3 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.


Over the course of this term they will observe and record how the different seeds are growing and are looking forward to reporting the outcome of their experiment on “rocket seeds” from outer-space!


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