Woodlupine Primary School continues to be a leader in the primary school STEM arena. As such, our school has been selected to participate in a nationwide project growing wattle seeds that have been to space.
On August 27, 2021, Golden Wattle seeds (Acacia pycnantha) were handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) just in time for National Wattle Day on 1 September. From Tokyo the seeds will be sent to the US to be launched into space in October.
The seeds were collected by CSIRO scientists from a wild population in Victoria. They will spend 6 months in the International Space Station (ISS) and will be exposed to microgravity (weightlessness) and above-average radiation levels during that time.
When the seeds return home they will join the inaugural Australia Seeds in Space education program through the One Giant Leap Australia Foundation. Woodlupine students will join others from a selected organisations across the country to plant the seeds and study the results.
Alongside our unique Seed Bank, Robotics and Millenium Kids programs, this project cointinues to enhance Woodlupine's status a leading STEM school.