Learning to make competition-winning ideas

Sarah Hodgetts rock climbing Sarah Hodgetts is now working with BBC Learning in the production of Climbing Geology

BBC Learning have decided to make not one, but two ideas submitted to a competition for Salford staff.

In October, the department, which moved from London to MediaCityUK last year, invited BBC workers across the site to pitch ideas for Learning Zone programmes (BBC Two's overnight record service for teachers).

Sarah Hodgetts, who works for camera kit providers DV Solutions, won the contest with her idea Climbing Geology, which will focus on rock climbing as a way to learn about geology.

BBC Learning controller Saul Nassé said: "Sarah's an enthusiastic climber herself and this passion coupled with an original idea that fuses geology and rock climbing was a winning combination."

Hodgetts has made short films in her spare time and worked as a runner for a BBC Two series, but this is the first time that she will work with the BBC to develop her own idea into a programme.

Nassé and BBC North director Peter Salmon also decided to commission Mega Bits, an idea from runner-ups Chris Tangye and James Parkin in Future Media, which encourages children to write computer code.

Both programmes will be executive produced by Helen Foulkes and broadcast later this year.

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