Article written by Jen Holland and Jack Alderslade.

After a little bit of a delay we got our Rocket Seeds on Monday 18th April and our Rocket Science team which includes 2, Year 12, 1, Year 10, 2, Year 9 and 3, Year 8 students, planted 200 seeds. We had 100 red and 100 blue and we have no idea which has spent time in space and which has stayed on earth.

Our seeds have already been on an amazing journey, they started off in the USA and travelled to Italy then to the Netherlands where the 1st attempt to take them into space on the X7, this spacecraft exploded shortly after launch on 28th June 2015! Our seeds then travelled to the UK then back to the Netherlands then to Russia then finally to Kazakhstan where they made it safely to the International Space Station where Tim Peak looked after them. – wow what a trip our seeds have been on!

On Tuesday 19th April we all met to plant our seeds. We were so excited to hold something that has been in space and to take part in this amazing experiment. We had a little talk and predictions were made as to what we thought might happen during the experiment and we all took a side, Miss Mills is team blue.

The UK space agency and the RHS set guidelines as to how we should plan and set up our experiment.

To make the labels for each seed pod we used milk cartons (this is a great idea as it encourages us to recycle) on these labels we had to write the code name for each individual seed. Red = R1, R2 , R3 etc. and Blue B1, B2, B3 etc., this was a little time consuming but we had a good time.

We then had to be very careful to place one seed in each pod and that it was the correct colour for that tray. To make it a fair test we had to randomise the trays onto the windowsill so it was a fair test – which is why when you look at the photos the colour and numbers aren’t in order.

In our pack we got a lovely wall chart were we input the data needed by the UK Space Agency and RHS, such like, what day did the first seed germinate? We also have to use our maths knowledge to calculate the mean and percentage of seeds alive and how many produce ‘real’ leaves.

We are part way through the experiment and we are having so much fun, we can’t see a difference at the moment although the blue seeds seem to be growing slower than the reds. Keep an eye out on our twitter feed (@TitusSaltTech) as we put up dates on there.