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“Level Up”: Ciara surprises Atlanta students using her music to learn coding


ABC/Mitch HaasethCiara is doing her best to help youth in Atlanta “Level Up” by helping them learn coding.

The Grammy-winner surprised students at the Paul Duke Stem High School by visiting them Monday as they were using their new computer skills to remix some of her songs.

Ciara has partnered with Amazon and Georgia Tech University to create an Earsketch music remix competition. Three grand prize winners will receive a trip to Seattle to be a “VIP Amazon Future Engineer” for a day, and present their work to Amazon Music executives.  

“This has been a phenomenal day. I want to thank Amazon Future Engineer for having me,” Ciara in an Instagram video showing her surrounded by the students.

“I mean we’re talking about future leaders, engineers. I believe in these kids so much. They’ve been remixing my songs ‘Melanin’ and ‘Set’ and they are on fire right now.”

The “1,2 Step” singer also shared with the students the importance of learning computer technology. 

“I told them though that…by having coding added to their layer of who they are, they’re already are, like, extra cool,” she said. “So we want to encourage everybody out there to keep on, to learn about coding if you don’t know, and if you are coding, to keep it going because it’s so necessary.”

Ciara is returning for the third year in a row as the West Coast host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 which will air December 31 on ABCThe list of performers includes Salt-N-Pepa and Megan Thee Stallion.

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