Will Hurd, former undercover CIA operative and US Representative, takes a photo with all the kids before they set off on their mission. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
U.S. Rep. and former undercover CIA operative Will Hurd takes a photo with kids at the DoSeum which features a Spy Academy exhibit. Credit: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / San Antonio Report

Turns out, math and science are important skills to succeed as a student and an international spy.

Nearly 100 children and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio), a former undercover CIA operative, were ready to learn and solve mysteries at The DoSeum’s Master Spy Symposium on Saturday morning.

The SpyAcademy exhibit is part of The DoSeum’s continued efforts to make learning math and science fun. The children, between ages seven to 11, were invited to meet with Rep. Hurd and work to create new clues for the exhibit. The children in attendance were selected because they solved every problem in last year’s Spy Academy exhibit.

A native San Antonian, Hurd shared stories about his international travels as a spy and close encounters in foreign countries, finishing with the importance of education in achieving your goals.

“Do you know that some of the best spies I knew were girls?  Yeah, that’s right girl power,” Hurd said, as cheers from the girls filled the room.

After Hurd’s words of encouragement, the kids were sent off with a mission to create new clues for the Spy Academy exhibit, a room full of challenges that stress problem solving, patter recognition, coding and communication.  In one exhibit area, children worked to find patterns in photographs of spies in disguise while another area saw children working on a math problem involving weight comparison and codes.

The new clues for the Spy Academy exhibit will be installed Spring 2017.

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Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone is a California native and a graduate of the University of Oregon. She moved to San Antonio in December 2015 to join The Rivard Report team as photographer and videographer.