Ethics in Action: STEM for Humanity

The mission of the Ethics in Action: STEM for Humanity program is to explore the intersection of technological and scientific advancements and the ethical challenges that arise along with this new frontier. Participants will broaden their insight into the struggles of a differently-abled population, through interaction, collaboration, research, and dive into and utilize a Human-Centered Design Process. Students will partner with primary school-aged students at ECLC of NJ in Chatham, a school that serves the needs of differently-abled children. Based on this experience of working with their peers at ECLC, KPS students will design an original product or enhancement that will address a need that they observe.

This two-week program will partner with institutions including Princeton University, and utilize the KPS Makerspace to learn new skills and create something original while focusing on Human-Centered Design, and the relationship between need and invention while promoting the use of an ethical lens/approach to the world.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is April 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with admission decisions made within two weeks of receiving an application. We will continue to accept and review applications until spots are filled. All letters of recommendation can be e-mailed to Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Ethics Institute, at

This program will allow students to:

  • Visit the Princeton University StudioLab
  • Develop Ethical data collection, analysis, and decision-making skills
  • Enhance STEM literacy
  • Explore the intersection of STEM and ethics through ethical engineering
  • Present original product to experts
  • Focus on the hands-on, Human-Centered Design Experience
  • Enhance collaboration, communication, and presentation skills
  • Develop a robust and empathetic understanding of people living with disabilities

The Partners: The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School and Princeton University StudioLab

The Ethics Institute at Kent Place has developed ethics education for Kent Place School students, teachers, parents, and other community members along with training for primary and secondary school faculty to help them integrate the teaching of ethics into existing curricula in a variety of subject areas. As a first-of-its-kind institute at the primary and secondary school levels, EIKPS promotes the process and practice of ethical thinking and ethical decision making to prepare students to be compassionate citizens and the most effective leaders of tomorrow.

Participation Details

When: July 15–26, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Innovation, Kent Place School

STEP 1: Rising 9th– 12th-grade students must apply first before registering for this program. Limited to 25 students. CLICK HERE to apply.
STEP 2: Once you are notified that you have been admitted, you can register for the program. CLICK HERE to register.

Fee: $2,195* (includes materials, transportation, daily lunch)
*Financial aid is available. Please contact Elyse Post, at

2019 Facilitators

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  • Dr. Karen Rezach

    Karen Rezach joined the Kent Place community in 2000, and is the Director of the Middle School and the Director of The Ethics Institute. She has a master’s in divinity from Yale University, an EdD from Seton Hall University and is an ordained Episcopal priest. Her doctoral research, “Spiritual Leadership as a Model of Effective Leadership in Independent School,” explores the ways in which educators can bring values and moral awareness in non-religious ways into a variety of school settings. Dr. Rezach has over 20 years of experience as an independent school administrator, including director of the middle school at Kent Place and assistant head of school at St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, NJ. She has been teaching and facilitating workshops on ethics for more than a decade.
  • Ms. Marni Endlich

    Marni Endlich graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from NYIT. She began her career as a science teacher and then spent many years as an educational consultant focusing on technology integration and best teaching practices at all levels. Marni joined Kent Place in 2010 as the MS Instructional Technology Coordinator. This includes teaching students how to successfully navigate in our 1:1 Chromebook environment, how to be safe when using social media, and programming/coding. It also includes working with teachers to integrate technology into their curriculum and daily lesson plans. Marni also teaches the yearbook elective, is the adviser for the Social Committee, Glee Club and is the assistant coach for MS softball. In addition, Marni is the founding co-leader of the Upper School Girls Leadership Institute at KPS.
  • Dr. Evelyn Laffey

    Evelyn Laffey is a graduate of Rutgers University where she earned her doctorate in mathematics education and Bachelor’s in mathematics. Dr. Laffey’s research and teaching explore the intersection of STEM content knowledge, affect, and identity with the goal of advancing equity in STEM education. Prior to joining KPS in 2018, Dr. Laffey worked at Princeton University and Rutgers to advance in- and out-of-classroom opportunities for all students to succeed in STEM. At KPS, she teaches US math by engaging students in exploring math in interesting contexts. She also serves as the STEM co-coordinator.
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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.


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