‘Y?’ – The childrens TV science show

“You ask the questions and we give you the answers…”

Y logo was a 30 minute magazine style show that answered questions from children with experiments, interviews demonstrations and visits to places like factories, farms and museums. It screened across Australia on Channel Nine, Win Television or NBN at 4pm each weekday.

Team for Y? Series One

The Team at Y? for series 1 (From Left, cw) Joanne, Lisa, Alanna, Brad, Joseph and Lizzie!

Joanne Nova hosted the first series, doing over 400 experiments during 65 episodes, covering everything from why cutting onions can make you cry to hammering in nails with a solid frozen banana.

Other hands-on demonstrations included making solar ovens out of cardboard boxes, rockets out of plastic bottles, musical instruments from straws, and slime from cornflour.

In between experiments, roving reporters answered questions about things that were too big to bring into the studio, like hot-air balloons and ice-skating rinks.

Hands on science activity book

Joanne wrote a book with all her favourite tricks from Y? Click the book to find out more.

Questions children sent in:

  • How do radio stations broadcast to all our radios in our cars or in our houses?
    Ashleigh Norton, St Clair, NSW
  • Why is water clear but the sea is blue?
    Zeke, Thirlmere NSW
  • Where do flies go at night?
    Kristen Kostaras, Semaphore Sth, SA
  • How do unseeded watermelons reproduce?
    Harry, Tim and Alex Greenwood, Balmain NSW
  • Why is it impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?
    Donna Masing, West Ryde, NSW
  • Why do mags on wheels look like they are going around forwards, backwards,and forwards when it accelerates?
    Rosslyn Wyngaard, Berwick, VIC
  • If you look at a doughnut, it has a hole in the middle. Yet when you eat the donut the hole disappears, but where does the hole go?
    Josie Doe

Where is Y?

Y? is no longer in production. Repeats are still shown on Nine occasionally. The first series that Joanne hosted screened in early 2000. Joanne and Alana handed the job over to David and Tara for series 2 onwards.

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4 comments to ‘Y?’ – The childrens TV science show

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    I really enjoyed this program when I was a kid. I think kids today are missing out. I learned a lot. Thanx

    Good to hear from you Duncan! :- ) Jo


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    Rohan Roger David Zener

    I swear it would be perfect for a rap battle beat, its theme.


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    I used to love this show as a kid & especially the theme song which is fast tempo pop music along with UFO spooky sounds in the background which really fascinates & wondering what kind of instruments make that kind of sounds. It’s 2020 and it’s a shame that it’s not on YouTube or other social medias. I think the kids right now are missing out our nostalgia! Brings back memories!

    [Hi Luis, You can ask Channel Nine to release it on DVD. They own the rights… Might be useful for schools too. – Jo]


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    I am really thankful I grew up with Y? I really wish they would show it on there. I am really thankful you, David and Tara were part of my childhood.


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