Turn your pupils into space biologists!

On 2nd September 2015, 2kg of rocket seeds were launched into space where they will spend the next few months on-board the International Space Station (ISS) before being returned to the UK for a nationwide experiment.

The seeds were launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Soyuz 44S – the flight delivered European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew to the ISS. The seeds will then be returned to Earth with Scott Kelly, currently planned for March 2016.

The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. The project will give up to 10,000 schools the chance to grow these seeds in 2016 for a UK-wide science experiment which will also enable young inquisitive minds to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future.

Schools can now apply to receive a Rocket Science teaching resource pack containing the seeds and take part in this exciting nationwide science experiment. The contents of the Rocket Science teaching resource packs are suitable for all ages.

Click here to apply for a Rocket Science pack: https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/Rocket-Science-Application-Form

In order to apply for seeds, your school must have an RHS Campaign for School Gardening account. If your school doesn’t have an account, it is free to register. If your school already has an account but you’re not sure who the account holder is, contact the Campaign at schoolgardening@rhs.org.uk.