Lawmakers team up with Mathletes and SXSW
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WE HEAR: Some members of Congress learned you don’t mess with Mathletes, as they went head-to-head with seventh and eighth graders at this year’s SXSW festival.

Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneModernizing NAFTA can benefit American workers A tax reform idea that works for all Americans Dems: GOP tax plan a ‘disaster’ MORE (D-Wash.) paired up with middle schoolers for Dell’s Mathlete tournament over the weekend at the annual event in Austin.

Head scratchers at the equation-filled match included: “Ten years from now David will be twice as old as he was 10 years ago. How old is David now?” and “How many three-digit integers can be written using only odd digits?”

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While DelBene and her teammate, student Angelina Yi, came in second place; the lawmaker’s squad was no match for seventh grader Andrew Cai and Quorum co-founder Alex Wirth, who took the top prize.

A charitable contribution was made to the STEM charity of the winning team’s choice.

“I was a biology graduate, I did medical research out of college, I was a start-up CEO, I worked for Microsoft for many years — STEM has been incredible for me to have the educational experience,” DelBene told the crowd after snagging the runner-up spot. “It just goes to show you, that with all of that experience, too, you can also bring that and be a member of Congress. So whatever you’re going to do, it’s an incredible foundation for your future career.”