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Wolfram Alpha LLC to Launch Homework Day

Published October 15, 2009

Live interactive web event will showcase how groundbreaking free website is a powerful new tool for students, parents, and educators

October 5, 2009—Wolfram Alpha LLC today announced that it will inaugurate Wolfram|Alpha Homework Day, a groundbreaking live interactive web event, on Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Led by noted scientist and Wolfram|Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram, this marathon webcast will bring together students, parents, and educators from across the country to tackle tough homework assignments and explore the richness that Wolfram|Alpha brings to K–12, college, and beyond.

Launched this May, Wolfram|Alpha is a free website powered by a computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Named by Time magazine as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2009, Wolfram|Alpha is widely recognized as an innovative and invaluable resource for education.

The goal of Homework Day is to broadly share how students and educators are using Wolfram|Alpha in K–12 and college education and to demonstrate the advantages of using this free site not only to solve specific problems, but to inspire students to probe subject matter further and promote deeper understanding of fundamental concepts.

Wolfram|Alpha has established a permanent Homework Day website where people can contribute ideas, lesson plans, screencasts, and videos before, during, and after the event. The site will be used to broadcast the live October 21 webcast and will feature live chat, where participants are encouraged to submit questions that Stephen Wolfram and his team will analyze and solve throughout the webcast.

The Homework Day webcast will also feature:

  • Quick, step-by-step lessons that will give everyone the ability to use Wolfram|Alpha to tackle problems in a variety of subjects, including math, science, engineering, health and nutrition, English, history, economics, and many more
  • Content and segments tailored to specific age groups
  • Ideas and examples for how to make subjects like math and science more engaging and relevant to students
  • Live interviews and demonstrations by educators who are already using Wolfram|Alpha in their classrooms
  • Conversations with guest participants who will further discuss the role of technology in education

For more information, please visit the new Homework Day website.