Perse Studio

Independent-learning super-curriculum projects: reading, research and ideas shared by Perse students


Fordlandia: Why Henry Ford’s Utopian City in the Jungle failed

By Daniel R – Y9

This essay aims to explore why the now mostly derelict city of Fordlandia in Brazil was established by the American industrialist Henry Ford in the late 1920s. Ford aimed to overturn the British monopoly of rubber production, but no Ford car ever used rubber from his ill-fated plantation. This essay looks at the failure of this project whose name is associated with a man of unprecedented industrial success.

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Soap – A brief history and what is new?

Jemima F – Y8

Soap is a product that is easily taken for granted in the modern world because it is so readily available and cheap to buy but it is a necessity that saves lives. 1.4 million deaths around the globe every single year can be prevented by hand washing properly with soap. Almost everyone in the world has used it but what is actually in it, how is it made and where did it come from?

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Why do some countries have female leaders, while in others, women have no rights at all?

Imogen W – Y8

Throughout 2016, there were a lot of news stories about the increase of women in positions of political power. Reuters wrote “May, Merkel, Clinton – the year of female leaders.” And the BBC’s headline says, “Are women taking over British Politics?” At the same time, I was reading Malala Yousafzai’s biography which includes information about how girls in Pakistan were being encouraged not to go to school. I wanted to know more about the rights and opportunities of women across the world, so I decided to investigate.

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Encoder

Kamran B, Year 8

I wrote this Python code because I wanted to create a program to convert to and from a made up language. It allows you to communicate with your friends in secret. A further improvement would be to make the language more random instead of 01~ = a, 02~ = b, etc.

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