Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Cristina Lindquist

Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Neil


A team of three students worked with 15-40 Connection to help the organization accomplish their mission of raising awareness about the advantages of early cancer detection. The purpose of this tutorial is to motivate individuals to take responsibility for their health because cancer rates have not shown improvements since 1975. Through the use of a Control vs. Experiment test a tutorial was created using the problem set software of ASSISTments to prove whether or not the introduction of being proactive towards one’s health changed the responses of the students. The study focused on the awareness that comes with knowing how a person’s body behaves and what health ailments could later develop into cancer, and what steps to take to help improve survival rates for teens and young adults.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Computer Science