Young scientists get a head start at the Hormel Institute 

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(ABC 6 News) – Imagine getting to come to one of the most profound research facilities in all of southeast Minnesota, and getting to do science experiments. That’s what middle schoolers in Austin get to do.

Since November, students from sixth to eighth grade from Austin have been able to partake in science experiments once a month at The Hormel Institute.

The experiments range across all different fields of science, including physics, chemistry, and Elaine’s favorite: biology. “So far, biology is looking really fun. I’m enjoying the hands-on we’re learning. It’s pretty fun to do.”

It is that hands-on experience that is key to this program. Instructors, including Jim Thompson really enjoy seeing the curiosity of the kids experiments.

“I like to think that this is the perfect age for science. If we can bring it in, even if we are not in elementary school now, if we can help supplement what they’re learning, then I think everything is improved,” Thompson said.

Students that are part of this program will get to spend half a day of school at the Hormel Institute once a month.

These students went through training of the labs last month, and are now underway with their experiments.

At the end of May 2023, students get to present their findings as well as what they learned to their friends and family members.