ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Christian students are using their love of chips and salsa, for science!
The Rockford Christian robotics team has been growing tomato seeds for their “Into Orbit” competition project, but these seeds are special!
Half of the 22 seeds used in the experiment spent two months on the International Space Station. The students spent eight months planting, watering, fertilizing, measuring and taking notes on both their space tomatoes and normal Roma tomatoes to see if there would be a difference in their growth.
On Tuesday afternoon, the student put their tomatoes to the test, the taste test. The club gathered Rockford Christian administrators for a salsa test. The groups coach had made salsa out of both types of tomatoes and the team wanted to know if the tasters could guess which salsa was made from the space tomatoes.
In the end, the group had a tie and not much of a difference could be noticed in the growth or the taste of the tomatoes, but their coach says the experience of the experiment was worth all of the hard work.
“It’s the world they are going into,” says Mike Manke, Rockford Christian robotics coach. “The world is just going fast forward so quickly. If we can give them the hands on and ability to problem solve by actually doing… they’ll be better off for it.”
The team says the best part of project “Into Orbit” was watching their tomatoes grow.