Hormel Institutes hopes to inspire students through STEM

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(ABC 6 News) – Austin high school students had the chance to see the Hormel Institute in action Wednesday.

It’s all part of Austin’s ‘Reach‘ program, where students can learn about different careers the Hormel Institute has to offer as well as watch experiments.

“Experiences like the one today really are giving students a taste of not only what we do here but the different career options available to them even in the labs and outside of the labs,” said Community Outreach and Education manager Kelly Vincelette.

Around 100 students participated in several activities Wednesday, including using 3-D goggles, liquid nitrogen experiments and learn about the Hormel Institute’s Cryo-EM microscope, one of the most powerful microscopes in the world.

The institute is hopeful that the program may have inspired some future scientists.

“The nitrogen one was pretty interesting, just like how easy it freezes stuff up and how easy it breaks,” AHS Senior Adriana Garcia Lopez said.

“It might help us like when we get science or like our biology classes or something like we might know a bit more,” explained AHS Sophmore Pedro Rodriguez.

The Hormel Institute also offers programs for 6th graders and hopes to expand to more schools throughout the region.