(WBIR, Maryville) - Students as young as Kindergartners were learning how to code Monday morning at Sam Houston Elementary School in Maryville.

The school joins more than 3 million other kids around the world for the "Hour of Code."

People created coding to create computer software and programs. In other words, coding is the language computers use to follow commands.

An assembly kicked off the "Hour of Code" Monday morning. Next, students returned to their classrooms to learn about coding.

"We have had a big focus on STEM the past several years at Maryville City Schools. We, especially this year, have started talking about how technology integration is going to be a huge part in education in the coming years. We really want to start that at the Kindergarten level and have them just grow up with that being a part of how they learn," said STEM Teacher Miranda Reagan.

Students will continue learning about coding this week in their STEM classes.