Ethics in Action

Check back in January 2022 for the Ethics in Action Project Launch!

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.
Ethics and Innovation Expo
Participating teams will present their work at the end of year event. The winning team will be awarded a $1,000 gift to pilot or implement their design.
Program Objectives

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

Ethics in Action Overview

2021 Virtual Kent Place School Expo

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. 
Questions? Contact us at:
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.