On Saturday, February 13, Nebraska Educational Television (NET) Learning Services will offer a premiere of a new science-oriented show for kids, “Ready Jet Go.” The event is taking place at the Hastings College Sachtleben Observatory (4725 South Wabash Avenue) and will last from 7:30-9:30pm and will be held regardless of weather. It is free and open to the public.
“Ready Jet Go” takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series 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 the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.
The premiere will include not only an advance showing of at least one 13-minute episode, but also kids’ activities, light refreshments, and if weather permits, viewing of the moon, Jupiter and other celestial objects through the observatory’s four telescopes. Back Alley Bakery of Hastings is providing treats, and coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be available.
“I was absolutely thrilled when NET contacted me about premiering Ready Jet Go,” said Observatory Coordinator Dan Glomski. “I’m as anxious to see the series as anyone.”
The Hastings College Sachtleben Observatory is located south of Hastings at 4725 South Wabash Avenue, three miles south of US Highway 6. Signs on Highway 6 will direct you to the observatory, which is located on the east side of Wabash, just before the pavement ends. If you encounter the gravel road, you will have gone too far.