More than 300 sixth-graders from Austin’s I.J. Holton Intermediate School came through The Hormel Institute today for the sixth annual Sixth Graders Day aimed at getting students excited about science.
During their firsthand experience with science in action, 11 groups of sixth-graders learned about The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned research focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of cancer as well as its cutting-edge, high-tech cancer-fighting tools that include two IBM supercomputers.
Dr. Rebecca Morris, leader of the “Stem Cells and Cancer” research section at The Hormel Institute, once again led three, fun-filled science demonstrations for the students with the help of her research team and the Institute’s senior lab technician Todd Schuster.
The Hormel Institute organizes the event as one of the various ways it promotes science education throughout the year.
Among the other educational initiatives, The Hormel Institute supports local science fairs; brings section leaders to spend a day in a lab with seventh and eighth graders; works with high school honors biology students; offers a college internship program; serves as a leader of the University of Minnesota-Rochester’s Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program; and provides both doctoral and post-doctoral research training programs.