Blaine, Minn. , 3M is using this weekend’s golf tournament at the TPC as an opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about science.
In the Fan Village, you can find the 3M Science Dome near the 18th green. Inside, there are several interactive science experiments and robots for kids and adults to explore.
One of the highlights to see is Boston Dynamics’ robo-dog named Spot. On Thursday, Spot circled the tournament arena and you’d think he was a professional golfer watching the Star Wars-like robots.
You can watch all his movements in the Science Dome until Sunday. 3M uses Spot in its factories to keep workers safe.
“Spot can go where you humans can’t or probably shouldn’t go,” said Colin Hummel, 3M’s chief creative officer, “so people can focus on more important parts of the job, and Spot definitely uses his senses.” to ensure that the plant operates at maximum efficiency.
You can transport yourself to a whole new universe with a virtual reality headset available to anyone.
Also, be sure to look up to see the live broadcast of the 3M Open on the planetarium-like screen on the dome roof. This gives visitors a 360-degree view of the course and allows visitors to feel as if they are standing on the green.
Just behind the science dome, you can check out the 18th hole with free VIP seating, and the best part is that the seats float above the ground and are only held in place by tape that can hold up to thousands of pounds.
“It’s not too hot, there’s a light breeze, there’s not much humidity. If I was playing golf, that’s the day I’d be here,” said Ted Tyler, who enjoyed a floating chair while watching the tournament. He couldn’t believe the 3M tape could support his weight.
“If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have sat on it,” Tyler said with a laugh.
VHB or Very High Bond Tape is widely used in industrial structures such as airplanes and skyscraper windows. Anyone can sit back and enjoy golf.
“It’s really amazing,” Tyler said.
The 3M Science Dome is the only public space on the tournament grounds that is air-conditioned, so be sure to visit to cool off.
The tournament will continue until Sunday.
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