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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Some students across the country, and locally, are learning lessons that could help put them ahead of the curve when it comes to future job opportunities.

At Austintown Elementary and Intermediate schools the District Technology Coach, Stephanie Toporcer, says students are taking part in one of the largest educational events in history.

Austintown is helping students get an early introduction to computer science or coding.

Toporcer says the district is giving students the opportunity to do one hour of code, or introduction to computer science.

Students are learning the basics of the language behind their video games, phone apps, Ipads and other technologies like that.

Renee Houser told her fourth grade students that coding is very particular; it has to have the exact spacing and symbols.

Her class took part in the Hour of Code which runs from December 9th through the 15th worldwide. Over two million students are expected to take part. The hour of code is a campaign to show, regardless of age, race, or gender; anyone can learn not just how to use, but how to build the technologies of the future.

Through a video presentation, President Barack Obama addressed the students before the lesson began.

The lessons include online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Angry Birds. The movement is supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, along with Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The more comfortable students are with code, the more likely they may be to pursue careers in technology.

Teacher Renee Houser says that the promotional video stated that there are over one-million high paying jobs in America that are going unfilled because coding is not really taught in America. She adds only one in 10 schools provide any kind of coding experience for their students.

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