Space biologist


Published on 2016-04-29 by Gill Hickman

Spring is a very busy time for our children at Milford Pre school Plus. We were excited to receive our RHS seeds from space. Our young children were able to pinch one seed at a time and drop into a cell. They were keen to spray with water before placing on a large window ledge! We are busy recording our findings and observing growth. We also took part in the sunflower project, sending some home and keeping the rest for our allotment. We also enjoyed having Lymington Transition group in to plant a variety of seeds into pots to go home and plant with parents, alongside being given planting information! The children sowed mizuna for Lymington hospital: we will hand over when grown so the patients can tend to them. Next we planted our Bees for Beans seeds, into pots and onto our crowded window ledge!

As an RHS Level 5 school Milford PreSchool youngsters weren’t daunted by the prospect of planting 200 rocket seeds especially as 50% of them had been into space with the amazing Tim Peake. The photo shows the results of their sowing! The children sowed ‘red’ rocket seeds and ‘blue’ seeds not knowing which has been subjected to the microgravity of the International Space Station

The experiment continues for 35 days during which time the children will be recording when the first leaves appear, how many plants have germinated after 10 days and the time when the first true leaves appear. Above all, they are anxious to learn which seeds, the red or the blue pack, have been into space. That will only be revealed by the RHS at the end of the experiment!