NEW PBS KIDS SERIES READY JET GO! WILL PREMIERE ON WUCF IN WINTER 2016
In winter 2016, WUCF will premiere READY JET GO!, a new PBS KIDS 3-D animated series that will help children learn astronomy and Earth science concepts. Created by Craig Bartlett, who also created the PBS KIDS hit series DINOSAUR TRAIN for The Jim Henson Company, READY JET GO! is designed for kids ages 3-8, with a focus on astronomy, technology, scientific exploration, innovation and invention. The multiplatform media property will debut on WUCF, along with integrated digital content.
Produced by Wind Dancer Films, READY JET GO! follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore our solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, all while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.
“With the debut of READY JET GO!, WUCF will further its commitment to helping children in the Central Florida community to learn and grow through engaging media,” said WUCF TV Executive Director Polly Anderson. “READY JET GO! introduces a variety of science concepts through the lens of space exploration, a topic that we know will resonate with our young viewers.”
The educational goal of READY JET GO! is to build on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy, telling stories that feature characters learning about space in a way that appeals to, and is accessible by, young children. The comedy helps kids learn a variety of Earth science concepts, such as gravity, tides and moon phases. At the heart of every episode is a basic, kid-friendly question about outer space or Earth science. In the show, the characters often use the scientific method to find the answers to their questions.
Each episode of READY JET GO! will include two 11-minute stories as well as a live-action interstitial. The series also features both curriculum and character-driven original songs, sung by the entire cast, with topics ranging from a love duet between Mr. and Mrs. Propulsion to a description of our galaxy’s stars.
“The goal of the music in READY JET GO! is to engage, entertain and foster a love of science exploration in all kids,” said Craig Bartlett, series creator. “The inspiration for the series’ music comes from a variety of genres – from rock ’n’ roll to musical theater; the result is a collection of fun songs with snappy rhyming lyrics that will appeal to kids and parents alike."
Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer, the science curriculum consultant for the series, adds, “Most scientists and engineers I know chose to get into the field because of exposure to science ideas and concepts in childhood. Reaching kids early is key to inspiring future generations of scientists and scientific thinkers.”
The READY JET GO! television series is part of a multiplatform media experience that will also include interactive content online and on mobile. The series will offer a variety of games, hands-on activities and parent resources online at pbskids.org, as well as mobile apps. READY JET GO!’s digital content will help inspire children’s curiosity and excitement about science and space. Digital content related to the series will launch in winter 2016.