Students at a Gwinnett County high school that focuses on technology get a special visit from Grammy-award winning artist Ciara.
The 9th grade coding class at Paul Duke STEM High School had no idea the Atlanta singer/songwriter
would be visiting their class Monday. They’ve been using her songs to learn to write code.
“It’s absolutely incredible and amazing to know you that guys are learning to code and do remixes to my songs ‘Melanin’ and ‘Set’. That’s pretty amazing, and I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up on those computers,” she told the students.
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It’s part of Amazon’s Future Engineer program. The company and Georgia Tech are partnering to train-up the nation’s next generation of computer experts using music to make learning fun.
“It’s an opportunity to make coding cool and get kids excited about learning about computer science and what coding is. And so, I think they’ve masterfully chosen the right venue in music to do that, ” says Amazon Vice President Ken Knight.
A graduate of Georgia Tech himself, he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish students like these at Paul Duke can enter their remixes of Ciara’s music into a nationwide competition to win prizes.
“For her to provide her music… Grammy-award winners (and) singers don’t do that often. So, it just shows you what kind of caring and giving person she is,” says Knight.
During her visit, Ciara made time to go to each student and critique their creations. It meant a lot to 14-year-old Kadrese Allen.
“I feel great because an artist gave me feedback on my song, and I feel like I can do better and add more affects because of the feedback she gave me,” she says.