It seems that everyone is springing in to action as 2012 moves along. Here you can read about some of our programmes for Sport Relief, as well as some projects helping communities around the UK get closer to the BBC and learn more about our work. You can also find out about what the budding reporters got up to on our annual School Report News Day.

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Reporting from school

On 15th March, more than a 1,000 schools across the UK took part in our annual School Report News Day. Over 30,000 students aged between 11 and 16 started in the morning by choosing what to cover, then they worked hard to produce, publish and broadcast their news reports in time to meet the 2pm deadline.

Following lesson plans and materials from the BBC News School Report website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

Local, regional and national BBC news programmes featured School Report throughout the day. Students and their reports featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC News at One and Six, Newsround, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 and 5Live.

The 'Big School Trip' saw school reporters from across the UK visiting the Olympic Park, where they attended a School Report press conference with Lord Coe.

To find out more, visit the BBC News School Report website.

Coming up...

Bang Goes the Theory Live returns for 2012. It’ll be taking its live stage show to Edinburgh next month, along with an interactive area that promises to get people experimenting as science buskers demonstrate the best of street science.

Invited guests and recipients of the BBC Performing Arts Fund will be celebrating the charity’s achievements at a showcase event in the iconic Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

Members of the public will be able to join the many 2012 celebrations at BBC Big Screens across the UK. There is a varied line up of screenings taking place throughout the year, including coverage of the Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Torch Relay and the Games.

Come and Sing Workshops invite audience members to join the BBC Singers to perform well known pieces. Upcoming workshops include Stainer's Crucifixion and Handel's Israel in Egypt.

More forthcoming events

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BBC Radio 1 hits Hackney

The BBC is embarking on an ambitious programme of local engagement and outreach activity in the lead up to BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning will work with partners in Hackney and its surrounding boroughs to deliver projects that will inspire, educate and create opportunities for the young people of east London.

Every young person in the area will be invited to the Academy, Radio 1 & 1Xtra's base in Hackney until the main event starts on 23rd June. They’ll get the chance to develop skills in a range of subjects including business, radio production and journalism.

Tickets will also be available to reward young people who have done some brilliant and inspirational work for their communities, friends and families.

Learn more about the Academy.

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Get ready for Sport Relief 2012

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

On Friday 23rd March the BBC broadcast appeal will kick off an action-packed fundraising weekend to help people living unimaginably tough lives, both on our doorstep in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

The fun has already begun, with BBC One's The One Show seeking 1,000 members of the public to take part in an epic relay for this year's charity campaign. The ever-popular Let's Dance for Sport Relief has also returned to our screens, once again asking stars to recreate iconic dance routines in the name of a good cause.

There'll be more to see and do in the run up to and during the weekend.

Find out more and donate.


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A decade of CBeebies and CBBC

CBBC and Cbeebies reached double figures this year with the two digital channels celebrating their 10th anniversary on February 11th.

Holding a Big Birthday Bash to mark the occasion, BBC Children’s invited audiences to join in with loads of fun activities at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Joining in the festivities were stars from the two channels, including Cerrie Burnell, Mr Bloom and Helen Skelton, who met and chatted to children at the event

There were exclusive screenings of upcoming programmes including Tracy Beaker Returns, The 4 O’clock Club and a new animation, Tree Fu Tom. Over 3000 people came along to join the party.

Find out more.

Robert Webb and Katherine Parkinson dressed in period costume on the set of Bleak Old shop of stuff holding sustainable water bottles.

Bleak Old Shop of Re-usable Stuff

The BBC works hard to become a more sustainable organisation and a guide to making programmes in a more environmentally friendly way is just one of the ways we’re helping our staff support our aim.

Using the guide, BBC One comedy Bleak Old Shop of Stuff has been leading the way in sustainable production.

As well as measuring its carbon footprint using Albert (the carbon calculator for productions, developed by the BBC and now hosted by BAFTA), the team cut waste by using double-sided scripts and re-usable water bottles.

A new smartphone app helped the team to capture its travel carbon footprint of their travel. Low energy lighting on set also saved energy, carbon and money!

Read the guide.

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That's a wrap!

Young people from two secondary schools in Greenock and Giffnock were recently given the chance to show off their drama writing and acting skills.

Working with BBC Scotland's LAB team, they created their own short films based on River City, a drama set in Glasgow.

The LAB (Learn at BBC Scotland) is a project designed to develop digital media literacy in Scotland. It works with a diverse range of groups to create content.

With the help of the LAB, the River City cast and the writers, the pupils made four films, including a behind-the-scenes documentary to capture all the action. The students ended the project with a day on set to film the dramas.

Learn more and watch the films.

Young people sitting in radio studio with Ray Noble from BBC Wales.

Community Radio Project

An ambitious new pilot project was recently launched in Wales to develop a working relationship between BBC Cymru Wales and community radio stations across the nation.

Over the coming year BBC Cymru Wales services will be working closely with the eight community radio stations currently holding an OFCOM licence in Wales.

The project will offer opportunities to share content, expertise and local contacts. Through fostering a spirit of cooperation it is hoped that all will benefit, especially audiences in Wales.

Young carers from Cardiff who broadcast on Radio Cardiff recently met Roy Noble from BBC Radio Wales as part of the first stage of this exciting venture.

Read more about BBC Cymru/Wales.


And finally...

BBC Media Action, the BBC's international development charity has launched a brand new website. The charity, which has recently changed its name from the BBC World Service Trust, uses media to reduce poverty and support human rights around the world.

Visit the new site.

BBC Radio Solent has been working with Southampton residents as part of Titanic Streets, a project revealing the unique history of the Titanic. A week of special programming in April this year will accompany communty activity in the city to remember the vessel’s sinking 100 years ago.

Find out more.

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