By Richard Bammer
Solano County Office of Education leaders, in a partnership with Travis Air Force Base, are launching an event, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, that will enlist the help of Solano County high school students to tackle real-world problems at Travis Air Force Base.
A group of student will visit the sprawling base today so can participate in the next phase the Phoenix Spark Challenge — described as a strategy used by the military to solve problems shared by military operational experts, academia and government agencies — will take place May 18 at the sprawling base.
Airmen will lead student tours of the base and show them three real-life issues the consumer sector and the Department of Defense are trying to solve. Students will have a chance to ask questions, then select which challenge they want to resolve through design and problem-solving processes.