The seeds, suitably of the plant rocket, already have pupils at Walton School buzzing, as the young scientists will be helping to find out how plants are affected by being in weightless environments such as the International Space Station (ISS).
"There has been a huge reaction,” said headteacher Neil Finlay to BBC News. “The children have been so positive about the entire process. It's been the talk of the school for the past couple of weeks. They are really looking forward to planting the seeds.”
The seeds have been packaged and are rolling out to 8,500 schools, societies and clubs across the UK. Pupils will receive two packs of Rocket seeds, labeled red and blue. One of the packs contains seeds that have been into space, with the other containing regular Earth seeds.
Sunil Lal, a Physics teacher at Walton School, said: "We have had some fantastic ideas. One is that the stem will grow downwards rather than up because of the effects of gravity on the seeds themselves.”
According to the BBC, the children will have their results in five weeks' time.