Our Centre, Pitt Street Kindy, has been selected to take part in this exciting new experiment. The project is a historic opportunity for young Australian learners, and we are so proud to be a part of it.
In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) the seeds will live in space for six months, returning to Australia in time for Science Week 2021.
Supported by the Australian Space Agency, the “What’ll happen with the wattle??!” programme is being offered to more than 150 schools, scout groups and Australian Air Force Cadets across Australia. A community panel judged the applications that included 200 words and a short video, explaining what the schools would do with the wattle once it had grown.
One of the panel members said, “We have spent 5 days watching videos. Entries from all over Australia. From a single teacher in a face mask in a school in Victoria to a small school in remote Northern Territory. It has been an amazing opportunity to laugh and cry our way through them.” We are so grateful to be selected and are so excited for our children!
We received wattle seeds that have flown to space, plus seeds that have not. The seeds are from the same seed lot.
Students are asked to germinate and grow their seeds, recording data about the germination and seed growth. Data will be uploaded to the ‘What’ll happen to the wattle??!’ app.
Throughout the programme, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation will run teleconferences and provide educational support to participating groups.
The 12-month to 2 year project will result in the creation of a nationwide map identifying the location of Australia‘s ‘space wattle’ trees.
We are so grateful to have this opportunity and be a part of such a great program.
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