[At a school science fair, four students are gathered around a computer keyboard and a video monitor. The monitor displays the Smart Skies air traffic control simulator.  The students are Brian, Link, Ellie, and Renee.  Brian controls the mouse.]
ELLIE
Those two planes are going to crash!  You’re like a menace!

RENEE
You’re like a backseat Air Traffic Controller.

[A close-up of the monitor shows two planes on their jet routes.  Each plane is represented by a different-colored diamond inside a matching-colored circle. The  Southwest plane is closing on the Delta plane near Tonopah.  The clock time, 18 seconds, is shown.  The target time is also shown:  3 minutes and 54 seconds to complete the problem.]

ELLIE
Dude, your mouse has a flat!

[Another student, Tommy, walks up to the group.  Tommy is wearing ear buds and listening to a music player.]

TOMMY
What are you guys doing?

[A close-up of the monitor shows the Smart Skies logo and the “LineUp With Math Simulator” title.  Two planes, Delta and Southwest, are about to collide. The mouse pointer appears as Brian changes the Delta plane speed from 600 knots to 360 knots.]

ELLIE
No! What are you doing?

RENEE
He has to slow the Delta plane down so it doesn’t jam up with American and United.

[Brian’s hand is shown on the mouse.  He looks at the monitor from plane to plane.  Tommy looks on curiously. He takes the ear buds out of his ears and looks at the other kids.]

BRIAN
The pilots have to follow my instructions— they have no choice!

NARRATOR
Airplane pilots don’t fly alone; they’re directed by air traffic controllers, who tell pilots where to go and how fast.

[The monitor shows the four planes, but they are no longer represented by diamonds.  Instead, each plane has been replaced by a student.  The overhead view shows Tommy, Ellie, Renee and Link flying upright, each surrounded by a colored hoop of light and traveling on the white flight paths. The background is a satellite map of the area near Modesto, California. ]

NARRATOR
It’s like the ultimate game, except air traffic controllers move real planes with real people.

[A close-up is shown of Tommy flying with the sky as the background.  Tommy is the green-rimmed Delta plane. He looks back at Ellie, who is the yellow-rimmed Southwest Airlines plane, flying behind him and closing on him.]

NARRATOR
Think you can handle it?

[A close-up is shown of Tommy, at the computer.  He looks between himself on the monitor and Brian, who controls the mouse.]

NARRATOR
NASA Smart Skies has a free simulator, available on the web.

[A close-up is shown of Link flying with sky as the background.  Renee is flying across from him, and converging on him.]

RENEE
Hurry up and slow American down!

[Brian is shown at the computer, then a close-up of the monitor is shown.  Just before it becomes too late for a route change, Brian uses the mouse to change the route for the American Airlines plane.  The Southwest plane is shown closing in on the Delta plane.]

BRIAN
Okay, quiet.

ELLIE
We're trying to help you.

BRIAN
I can do this myself.

[A close-up is shown of Tommy flying with the sky as background.  Ellie is flying close behind him and getting even closer. Their lighted circles begin to blink;  Ellie looks alarmed.]

NARRATOR
You get to control multiple airplanes headed for the same destination.

TOMMY
Southwest is, uh, really close.

ELLIE
Watch out! What are you doing?

[A close-up of the monitor is shown:  The Delta plane and the Southwest plane are now slightly less than two nautical miles apart. Their circles blink.]

ELLIE
Aeiiii!

[The cursor comes in on the screen as Brian reduces the Southwest plane speed to 300 knots.  Then Tommy and Ellie are shown flying.  Ellie flies all the way up to Tommy and their circles bump.  Ellie stops just in time.  Tommy looks relieved and looks up at Brian.]

NARRATOR
And definitely don’t do that.

[Brian looks from one side of the computer monitor to another.  A close-up of the monitor shows the clock approaching the target time; the planes are beginning to line up and fly through Modesto.  An overhead view of the students flying shows them beginning to pass through Modesto.  Back on the computer monitor, the last plane arrives at Modesto and the clock stops at 3 minutes and 58 seconds.  The target time is 3 minutes and 54 seconds.  The students are shown standing around the monitor.]

BRIAN
A little late.

RENEE
Not bad!

ELLIE
Let me play! I want to be the controller!

[Tommy turns off his music player.]

TOMMY
I’m after her!

[The science fair is shown in the background and the Smart Skies logo and web address appear.]

NARRATOR
If you’re ready to play, go to www.atcsim.nasa.gov.  Smart Skies… what’s on your radar screen?