The Ethics in Action program is a remarkable educational opportunity for elite 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.The 2019 Design Challenge: Disability
This Design Challenge aims to build solutions to a complex, deeply entrenched social problem for which traditional approaches have proven ineffective. The program is dedicated to the development of innovative solutions, as well as raising awareness about the certain issues. (Applications for this program will be available in early 2019).
In 2018, students identified issues related to homelessness and create a low-cost, high-impact product/solution that is Feasible, Replicable and Sustainable (no apps). This product was presented at the Design Expo in the Center for Innovation at Kent Place School in March 2018.
Ethics and Innovation Expo
The culminating event in late March 2018 was an Expo at which participating teams will present their work, both their process and their design. The winning product design will be awarded a $1,000 gift to pilot or implement where and how appropriate. This prize is made possible through the generosity of the EE Ford Foundation. The award was presented to the winning team to help to fine-tune and launch their product in order to have widespread impact.