ET seeds may turn golden
Golden Wattle seeds will be planted at Robinson River School after six months on the International Space Station.
The stellar seeds will be growth tested against a terrestrial sample in the One giant leap for Aussie Golden Wattle project.
The delivery of the CSIRO seeds will mark the start of a two-year data collection program at the far east remote school.
Principal Merryn Curley said the students want to see if the unearthly seeds become “normal or weird” acacias.
“The national experiment will challenge the students to pose investigatory questions, try and predict the impact of variables, and suggest explanations by comparing their predictions with information collected,” she said.
“In our project application the years 5 to 9 students wrote: ‘we are wondering if (the seeds) will grow, or if being in space will make them no good…it might make them super trees’.
“In supporting their video submission, the students also wrote: ‘we love doing science (and) we would be really proud of ourselves for helping people learn about growing space seeds’.”
Ms Curley said during the inaugural Australian Seeds in Space program the students will learn about space, space travel and the planets.
“We will plant some seeds in a school greenhouse, and hopefully, some in the community,” she said.
“We will interactively connect with the organisers, and receive lesson plans and classroom resources to advance students’ learning. We may also interview an astronaut.”