Young scientists sow seeds from space

New Mills Primary School
New Mills Primary School

Budding scientists have helping space exploration missions of the future by growing seeds that have some from the final frontier.

Children from years three to six of New Mills Primary School have been taking part in a special experiment organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Tim Peake.

New Mills Primary School

New Mills Primary School

Along with nearly 10,000 other schools, the schools received two packets of rocket seeds, one red and one blue.

One of the packets had spent six months in space, looked after by Tim Peake, however the schools were not told which one.

The children planted the seeds and took detailed measurements to record different aspects of their growth. The data was then entered onto the ESA website and will be used by scientists to determine the effect on time in space on the way plants grow. This information will be vital for future space missions, especially to Mars.

Meanwhile, children from year four had help from Transition New Mills to create an edible garden. The group worked with the youngsters to create two large permanent planters, as well as revitalise existing bedding areas.

The children have been working on the gardens since the beginning of May with Jill Hulme, a Transition volunteer, to sow seeds, transplant seedlings and look after the growing plants. The two planters are now flourishing, having been transformed into an edible science garden. They harvested their first crop of radishes and spinach, which they enjoyed tasting.