America's Homework Problems Get Tackled on October 21: Wolfram|Alpha to Launch Homework Day

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

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 new 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

Please visit the new Homework Day website on Monday, October 5, 2009, when the event is publicly announced:

About Wolfram Alpha LLC:
Wolfram Alpha LLC is a Wolfram Research company. Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. The company aims to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Wolfram|Alpha builds on the achievements of science, and other systematizations of knowledge, to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries. Wolfram|Alpha was created with Mathematica -- itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research -- and is being developed by a world-class team of experts led by Stephen Wolfram, a distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader.

About Stephen Wolfram:
Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader. He is the creator of Mathematica, the author of "A New Kind of Science," the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.

Wolfram has been president and CEO of Wolfram Research since its founding in 1987. In addition to his business leadership, Wolfram is deeply involved in the development of the company's technology, and continues to be personally responsible for overseeing all aspects of the functional design of the core Mathematica system as well as Wolfram|Alpha.

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