Ninth Annual High School Ethics Bowl at Stevens

Stevens Institute of Technology will hold the Annual High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

This half-day event introduces participants to careful thinking about ethical issues posed by our modern society. Teams of high school students compete as they answer questions about ethical issues raised by contemporary science and technology.

The High School Ethics Bowl has become an essential part of campus life at Stevens. Schools from all over New Jersey and New York regularly join us for this event. This year, it will be held for the eighth time. The team winning the Ethics Bowl at Stevens will be able to compete for the title of "National High School Ethics Bowl Grand Champion" in the national competition hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (April 10-11, 2015).

To apply or for more information, please contact Prof. Michael Steinmann,

What is the High School Ethics Bowl?

The Ethics Bowl discusses issues and problems in all fields of technological innovation and modern society. In the past, students debated topics such as:

  • Enhancement Drugs in Sports
  • Prescription Drugs to Improve Children's Behavior
  • Social Networks on the Internet
  • Brain Death and Respect for Life
  • Preventive Breast Surgery
  • The Use of Unmanned Drones
  • Grade Inflation

The debates are directed by faculty members of the College of Arts & Letters and advanced students from all disciplines.

CAL Faculty on the High School Ethics Bowl

"In this fast-paced world of technological advance, ethical dilemmas seem to surround us as never before. Given the complexity of issues the younger generations are bound to encounter, we believe that the sooner we can cultivate their moral and intellectual skills, the better. That is the spirit behind the Stevens Annual High School Ethics Bowl. It has been an absolute delight to see how seriously these students grapple with the questions we give them and how articulate they are in presenting possible solutions."
-Dr. Lisa Dolling, Dean, College of Arts & Letters and Associate Professor of Philosophy

"Welcoming all these students and teachers here on campus is a wonderful experience for us. Every year, we see the commitment and the seriousness of the young people. From all my colleagues who lead the various debates, I receive the most positive feedback about the quality of contributions and the debating spirit students display. We are proud to see that Stevens Institute of Technology is a place where the burning issues of our time can be openly and controversially discussed, in a way that goes far beyond the academic world!"
-Dr. Michael Steinmann, Director of the Annual High School Ethics Bowl and Professor of Philosophy


Michael Steinmann
Professor, Philosophy
Peirce 308
Phone: 201.216.5394
Fax: 201.216.8245

The High School Ethics Bowl at Stevens is part of the national competition of ethics bowls.

Participating teams can qualify for the National High School Ethics Bowl which will be held at the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 10-11, 2015.

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