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 DelBeneA new NAFTA for the digital age Dem seeks to curb tax breaks for employee buyouts over sexual misconduct Modernizing NAFTA can benefit American workers 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?”

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.”