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Ciara returned to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to surprise students using computer coding skills to remix her songs.

The 34-year-old R&B singer sat in on a class at Paul Duke STEM High School in Norcross, a suburb northeast of Atlanta.

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The STEM school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. The students used their coding skills to remix the R&B star's hit songs "Melanin" and "Set".

The "Body Party" singer spoke to the class and watched students rework her music, as they participated in a competition sponsored by Amazon’s future engineer program.

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Using EarSketch, a platform developed by Georgia Institute of Technology that teaches computer science through music remixing, students will submit their creations for judging and could win Amazon gift cards or a trip to Seattle to present their work.

Ciara moved to Atlanta as a teenager and graduated from a high school outside of Atlanta before joining the hip hop group, Hearsay. She went on to launch a successful career as a songwriter and solo performer.

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