PBS KIDS Unveils Sneak Peek of New Series READY JET GO! on Digital Platforms Ahead of February Broadcast Premiere

Collection of digital content will include most full-length videos
PBS KIDS has ever released in advance of a broadcast launch; series
debuts Monday, February 15 on PBS stations nationwide

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KIDS debuted full-length streaming video content and digital games
from its newest multiplatform media property READY JET GO!, an
animated series that will help children learn astronomy and Earth
science concepts. On digital platforms, viewers can now preview four
full-length 11-minute stories from the series. The episodes will
continue to roll out throughout the month, totaling 12 11-minute stories
by January 29, the most full-length video content PBS KIDS has ever
released in advance of a broadcast premiere. The videos are available
for free on pbskids.org,
the PBS+KIDS+Video+App&index=3&md5=f5afdfaa50a646f68dfabd2b08ea234f” rel=”nofollow”>PBS
KIDS Video App and PBS KIDS Video on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV,
Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. In addition, two mobile-friendly
web games, hands-on activities for children and families and a live
stream of the International Space Station channel are available at pbskids.org/readyjetgo.


“PBS KIDS delivers high-quality educational content to kids anytime and
anywhere, and we find that the learning potential is greater when kids
interact with our content on multiple platforms,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice
President, PBS KIDS Digital. “With READY JET GO!, we are sharing
more content than ever before, prior to a series’ television premiere.
We are excited that kids can explore outer space and beyond with Jet and
his friends now, building excitement for the series’ on-air debut on PBS
stations next month, as well as sparking their curiosity about astronomy
and Earth science.”

READY JET GO! premieres on-air Monday, February 15, on PBS
stations nationwide (check local listings). Created by Craig Bartlett
(DINOSAUR TRAIN), READY JET GO! is designed for kids ages 3-8,
with a focus on astronomy, technology, scientific exploration,
innovation and invention. READY JET GO! follows Jet Propulsion, a
new kid in town who also happens to be an alien from outer space. With
his Earth Friends Sean and Sydney, Jet goes on astronomical adventures
exploring the solar system and how it affects our planet, while learning
about friendship and teamwork along the way. READY JET GO!
features live-action interstitials with Jet Propulsion Laboratory
astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer, who is also a science curriculum
consultant for the series.

The overarching goal of READY JET GO! is to spark children’s
inherent excitement 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 and music
help kids learn a variety of physical 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 a scientific method to find the answers to
their questions.

“When I was a little kid, as soon as I learned just a little bit about
the universe, I was hooked for life,” said Dr. Mainzer. “Kids are born
as little scientists, so reaching them early is key to igniting a
lifelong love for science and appreciation for the planet we live on.”

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.

“Public media is a natural home for READY JET GO!, giving all
children a free and safe place to explore science content,” said Debra
Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Education and Children’s Content at the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Created by Craig Bartlett, READY JET GO! is produced by Wind
Dancer Films. PBS SoCaL is a station partner for the series. Major
funding for the series is provided by the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting (CPB).

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all
children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through
television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen-
and Webby-award winning pbskids.org
provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and
streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young
children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of
mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV,
Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific
PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom,
or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Wind Dancer

Wind Dancer Films created and produced such successful television series
as Home Improvement and Roseanne, along with box office
successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. Founded by
series creators Matt Williams and David McFadzean, and later joined by
principal, Dete Meserve, Wind Dancer Films has produced hundreds of
hours of comedies and family projects for film and television. www.WindDancer.com

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Corporation
for Public Broadcasting
 (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation
created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s
investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of
more than 1,400 locally-owned and operated public television and radio
stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for
research, technology and program development for public radio,
television and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org.

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Contacts

PBS
Lubna Abuulbah, 703-739-8463
labuulbah@pbs.org
or
360PR
Roberta
Lee, 347-801-2342
rlee@360pr.com
or
Grand
Communications (for Wind Dancer Films)
Alison Grand, 212-584-1133
alison@grandcommunications.com