Iowa PBS presents Go Beyond

Iowa PBS will bring science into viewers’ living rooms through demonstrations at the Science Center of Iowa with a new, education-based series, Go Beyond. Airing on Iowa PBS .1 Fridays, June 12, 19 and 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the series will feature fun explorations and experiments, and encourage children to examine the world within their own reach.

“Creating engaging learning opportunities that serve Iowa’s educators and families is in our DNA here at Iowa PBS,” said Iowa PBS Director of Education Ken Harrison. “Working with the Science Center of Iowa to record their STEM demonstrations and make them available statewide for parents to use at home during the pandemic now, or for teachers to use in classrooms later, is a natural fit with our mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans.”   

Each episode of the series invites children into a different area of the science center to take part in dynamic explorations and demonstrations.

  • Exploring Cold-Blooded Critters, premieres Friday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m.—Young viewers get an up-close look at Iowa's reptiles and amphibians.
  • Chemistry, premieres Friday, June 12 at 11:40 a.m.—Chemistry is something kids may not realize is all around them every day. Hands-on experiments illustrate concepts like energy and matter.
  • Makers, premieres Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.—Problem-solving strategies, everyday tools and observation skills are used to create fun projects.
  • Iowa Skies Tonight, premieres Friday, June 26 at 11:30 a.m.—The Iowa night sky comes alive as viewers learn to identify planets, constellations and interesting information about them. 

After watching each episode, viewers can visit to find links to related resources and activities to continue the fun.

Viewers across the state and beyond will also be able to stream all four episodes on demand on, YouTube and the PBS Video App.

Program support for Go Beyond is provided by The Gilchrist Foundation.