Session 11: All Aboard the HTML Train

The Internet is everywhere – but do we know how to define it? This week the Go_Girls explored the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, as well as coding their own webpage. Impressive going for a grey September afternoon!

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To begin the session we watched a few excellent TedTalks to spark an informative discussion. We learnt that the Internet is the actual infrastructure which links the world’s computers together, enabling them to communicate. Meanwhile, the ‘Web’ lives on the Internet. It is one of the many ways of accessing information on the Internet by utilising browsers that link webpages together.

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Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, is based in Oxford Computer Science Department (no biggie). Some of the Go_Girls were keen to meet him and thank him for what he created. Fingers crossed for a Berners Lee/Go_Girl collaboration some time in the future!

Time to follow in Tim’s footsteps and do some coding of our own! Some of the Go_Girls felt a little daunted at the prospect, but by the end of the session everyone had coded their own webpage! It was really amazing to see the look on the young women’s faces when all their hard work paid off. The key was in the tags. Once you knew what these various commands meant and where to deploy them – hey presto! – you had a webpage.

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We finished the session by planning out the Go_Girls’ individual projects, which they will be working on over the coming weeks. Some hope to create their own games, whilst others want to start websites exploring everything from mental health to the stereotypes affecting young women in mechanics. Supporting the young women to achieve their goals is an absolute privilege – we can’t wait to see how much they will achieve!

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