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2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl

The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children is excited to announce that the 2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the University of Washington.

An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas. This national competition has grown rapidly in recent years, and the winner of the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will advance, with expenses paid, to the National High School Ethics Bowl, which will be held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on April 10-11, 2014.

We invite all high schools in the Pacific Northwest to participate in this year's High School Ethics Bowl!

High schools can register up to two teams in the Washington State competition. Each team typically includes three to five students (and can also include a couple of alternates) and a coach (ideally, a high school teacher). Teams prepare for the competition using the official National Qualifying Event (NQE) case pool, which has been put together by the National High School Ethics Bowl. We plan to assign a graduate or undergraduate philosophy student to each interested team as a resource.

An exciting tournament, an Ethics Bowl is a great way for students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of interesting ethical and philosophical issues. High school ethics bowls typically utilize case studies relevant to young students, such as questions concerning cheating, plagiarism, peer pressure, use and abuse of social media, privacy, and relationships, as well as political and social issues such as free speech, gun control, cloning, parental consent, and stem cell research. More information is available here and at the National High School Ethics Bowl website: http://nhseb.unc.edu

Although the High School Ethics Bowl is competitive, it is intended to promote collaboration. Teams do not have to take pro/con positions; in fact, they can agree with each other. They are not required to refute each other's points, but rather to offer commentary on one another's arguments.

Teams are judged according to the quality of a team's reasoning and how well team members organize and present their cases, analyze the case's morally relevant features, and anticipate and preemptively respond to commentary and questions. Judges for the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl will be drawn from the local legal and philosophical communities.

Seattle Times article about the 2014 High School Ethics Bowl: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022815540_ethicsbowlxml.html

Registration for the Washington State Ethics Bowl begins September 2, 2014, and the deadline for registration is December 15, 2014. The registration fee is $100 for each team. Schools may enter up to two teams in the competition. Scholarships are available for schools unable to pay the fee. We are able to accept up to 26 teams, at which point registration will close.

To register: http://depts.washington.edu/nwcenter/downloads/eb2015registration.docx

For more information, please contact Outreach Coodinator Kate Goldyn at kgoldyn@uw.edu, or call 206-221-6297.

2014 High School Ethics Bowl

The 2014 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl involved 22 teams from 13 high schools, and an array of lawyers, judges, philosophers, business people and others served as judges and moderators. The event was generously sponsored by:

Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer LLP
Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Social Sciences
University of Washington Department of Philosophy
University of Washington Program on Values
University of Washington School of Law

2014 Ethics Bowl program