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We were honoured to be been given the opportunity to meet astronaut Tim Peake at the Schools STEM Conference in Portsmouth. Pupils from year 6 at Chisenhale Primary School, got through to present our Rocket Science project to other schools from around the country and we heard Tim Peake speak all about his adventures on the ISS. We were then introduced to him personally and he was so interested in all we had found out- such an incredibly inspirational person.

The Rocket Science Project was organised by European Space Education and the Royal Horticultural Society. We grew two packets of rocket seeds (blue and red) one of which had been in space on the International Space Station for 6 months with Tim Peake. We recorded how these seeds grew over 5 weeks in the classrooms. Please watch our time-lapse video kindly filmed by a parent at Chisenhale Primary School.

Pupils also learnt about the ideal conditions seeds need to germinate successfully such as heat, light, humidity and temperature so that we can have a better understanding of how we may need to grow food in space or on another planet in the future. We analysed our data collected and sent it into ESERO and found out that it was the blue packet that had been into space!! We were thrilled to be part of such an amazing project.

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