Rocket Science

Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening


On 3 September 2015, one million rocket seeds launched into space on Soyuz 44S. On 15 December 2015 they were joined by British European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Tim Peake as he began his six month mission on board the International Space Station (ISS).

On the seeds’ return to Earth in March 2016, they were sent to 8,600 schools alongside a packet of identical seeds that had remained on Earth. The packets were identical in every way except for the colour – one red, one blue. Schools were asked to grow the seeds and predict which colour packet contained the space seeds. 

Rocket Science was a partnership between the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Both organisations shared the same goal: to inspire young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and encourage them to believe in their own abilities as a scientist.

Through a media partnership with the BBC, video content featuring Tim Peake, vibrant resource packs for schools and social media activity, this project was brought to life resulting in over 600,000 young people of all ages engaging with real science and horticulture in a way that was truly ‘out of this world’.

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