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Washington, Some 38,000 people, including Indian celebrities, attended a spectacular parade in the US town of Edison to mark India’s 69th Independence Day, a media report said.

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The 11th Annual Official New Jersey India Day Parade saw over 20 floats, dozens of walking groups and marching bands perform in the nearly two-kilometre parade, which commenced from Edison and concluded in India Square near Woodbridge town, India West reported on Friday.

Indian celebrities including talk show host Richa Anirudh, Bollywood actresses Avani Modi, Prachee Shah, Madalsa Sherma, Sameksha Singh and Sujata Mehta attended the parade.

The event, which was attended by over 100 New Jersey-based organisations, featured a 110 member marching band and several dance groups as well.

Leading the political delegation were Edison Mayor Tom Lankey and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac.
Indian Americans account for 12.93 percent of New Jersey’s Middlesex county, where Edison town is located.

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Facebook Introduces Free Online Education Programme in The US

The "We do" module lets educators and students learn together. And the "You do" is designed to help students practice their new skills

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Facebook has launched in the US free online education programme CodeFWDTo to increase the numbers of underrepresented and female students interested in pursuing computer programming.

“We’re working on a number of initiatives like CodeFWD to widen the pipeline of diverse talent studying computer science so the next generation of tech innovators reflects and incorporates diverse perspectives, building a future that benefits us all,” Lauryn Ogbechie, Education Partnerships Director at Facebook, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Created in partnership with connected toys maker Sphero, CodeFWD by Facebook, has been designed for both English and Spanish speakers.

It is a three-step programme where educators and organisations introduce computer programming to 4th to 8th grade students.

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With the first module “I do”, CodeFWD prepares educators to introduce the basics of computer programming to their students, even as they may be discovering the concepts themselves.

The “We do” module lets educators and students learn together. And the “You do” is designed to help students practice their new skills.

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“After completing these three steps, educators who want to continue developing their students’ coding skills using a tangible, hands-on product can apply to earn a free classroom set of programmable robots from our partners at Sphero,” Ogbechie said. (IANS)

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