Ethics in Action

About Ethics in Action

The Ethics in Action program is a remarkable educational opportunity for middle school and high school students and their teachers. This program combines the study of ethics with the practice of design thinking. Throughout the program, teams will have opportunities to virtually collaborate with one another. Participating schools will create teams of students and teacher/mentors who together will engage in human-centered design to tackle challenges in our local communities.

Design Challenge
Teams of students and a teacher/mentor will engage in ethics-centered design to create a solution to a real world challenge in their local community. Schools may be represented by more than one team - ideal for a class, club or remote learning. Through online training, resources, and ongoing guidance provided by The Ethics Institute and expert Design Thinking coaches, teams will identify a local problem relating to UN Sustainability Goal #3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”
Ethics and Innovation Expo
The culminating virtual event will be held in March 2021 during which participating teams will present their work. The winning team will be awarded a $1,000 gift to pilot or implement their design. This prize is made possible through the generosity of the EE Ford Foundation. 
2020 Challenge: How might we ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all in our communities?

Students will . . . 
  • Learn ethics, the design process, data collection, analysis, and decision-making skills
  • Develop a robust and empathetic understanding of the importance of good health and well-being for everyone, and the inequities that exist in society
  • Build an awareness of the problem locally, interview stakeholders, brainstorm solutions, iterate ideas and present final solutions at the Virtual Design Expo
  • Have opportunities to connect with other teams throughout the program, learning about local problems in other communities
  • Enhance ethical awareness around issues of health, equity, and social justice
Teachers will . . .
  • Attend a one-day online professional development session before the program begins
  • Be provided with materials and lessons, as well as ongoing support throughout the entire process
  • Network with teachers and experts in ethics and design-thinking
School Collaboration
Throughout the program, each school will be paired with other teams as part of an active peer review process. This will provide students the opportunity to actively engage with other teams as they critique the design and ethical components of their project in an asynchronous format. 

2021 Virtual Kent Place School Expo

Questions? Contact us at:

Ethics in Action Overview

42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901   |   (908) 273-0900
The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind institute at the primary and secondary school level. We believe that promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and decision-making prepares people of all ages to be effective leaders and compassionate citizens.