Monday, November 16, 2009

PBS & CR 2.0: Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Location: In Elluminate. If you haven't used Elluminate before, you can make sure your computer is configured correctly to enter the room by going to

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 are hosting a free webinar for educators on Tuesday, November 17th at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern to share information about a currently airing episode of Sid the Science Kid that helps children better understand the science behind germs, viruses and vaccines, and learn good prevention techniques such as as sneezing into an elbow, effective hand washing, and disinfecting common household surfaces to prevent germs from spreading.

During the webinar, health and early childhood education experts will share ideas on how educators can help kids better understand viruses and vaccinations and support healthy habits in school.

Episode Description: Sid is hearing a lot of talk about how to stay healthy, which leads him to ask lots of questions about what can make a person sick and what he can do to keep from getting sick. In the special episode "Getting a shot: You Can Do It!," Sid and his friends learn the basic science behind germs, viruses and vaccines. When it's vaccination day at Sid's school, Sid and his friends are a little apprehensive about getting a shot. Thankfully, a very special nurse will be giving the kids their vaccination — Sid's Grandma! Grandma, Teacher Susie, Mom and Dad all do their part to make vaccination day a learning experience filled with music, games and lots of laughs.

For more information on this episode of Sid the Science Kid, visit You can also print a certificate to share with a child who has just received a vaccination.

About Our November 17th Guest Speakers

Moisés Román
Moisés Román appears regularly on the PBS child care information series Los Niños en su Casa as Imagination and Creativity Expert. He is also the educational advisor for PBS children's series "Sid the Science Kid," produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET. Román is a renowned advocate of child care and early childhood education. Currently serving as the Diversity in Action Chair for the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) he appears at national, state and local conferences, presenting a variety of topics such as Men in Education and Early Literacy.

Cyrus Rangan M.D.
Cyrus Rangan M.D. FAAP ACMT graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1995. He went on to do his clinical residency in General Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, graduating in 1998. He then completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center in 2000. He is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Rangan is Director of the Toxics Epidemiology Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Public Health. He investigates community reports of environmentally related illnesses or disease clusters and provides expert consultation and education to hospitals and other impacted professionals about medical issues in toxicology, hazardous materials, epidemiology, and environmental health.