Grade 5

Weekly Reader Article

A City at Sea

How would you like to go to a school that has a great field trip each week? One week you might journey to the Parthenon, an ancient temple in Greece. The next week you might visit the pyramids in Egypt, or the Colosseum in Rome.

If Norm Nixon, an engineer, gets his way, that's exactly what students at his new school will be doing. Nixon plans to build the world's first floating city, where people will live, work, play, and go to school.

Called Freedom Ship, the floating city will be wider than two football fields and almost a mile long. The ship will house more then 90,000 permanent residents, who will own apartments aboard the ship. Prices of those apartments will range from $140,000 to $3.5 million.

Onboard the ship will be schools, theaters, a hospital, a shopping mall, grocery stores, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and much more. There will even be an airport on the top deck.

Many people say Nixon will never build the ship. But Nixon is ready to prove them wrong.

"When people have never seen something done, they tend to believe it can't be done," Nixon told Senior Edition.

Nixon said construction on the Freedom Ship will begin later this year and take 36 to 42 months to finish. Nixon said the ship will cost $11 billion to build.

Eventually, Freedom Ship will circle the globe every two years, dropping anchor for a week at a time. Residents will have an opportunity to visit different countries.