How does it work?

The Ethics Olympiad provides schools with an unique opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The students (Eth-letes) are trained by a coach (usually a teacher at their school) in order to prepare for an Olympiad. Age-appropriate and objective ethical cases are released each year and are provided to participating schools well before the event.

During an Ethics Olympiad teams engage with each other and teams from other schools on the relevant cases via Zoom. They work as a team to respond to questions while building and critiquing their own and others arguments. They engage with teams from other schools nearby, in other parts of the country and overseas. Participants report that they enjoy the opportunity to build arguments with each other in a framework that encourages careful considered responses to important ethical issues. They like the fact that they can agree with other teams and that it is very different to a debate.

Senior High School Olympiads (15-18 years old) are held in May each year and Middle School Ethics Olympiads (12-14 years old) are conducted in November. Junior School Ethics Olympiads (10-12 years old) are held in June and Sept. The first Tertiary Ethics Olympiad (Undergraduate students) will be held in October 2022. Schools/Universities are invited to send either one or two teams of five eth-letes to participate. The registration fee ranges from $38-$49 (AUD) per eth-lete. The entrance fee is smaller for member schools and there is also a reduced rate for early bird bookings. Once registered you will receive an information training kit for students and coaches via email. Each school also receives six ethical cases (Junior Students or Tertiary)-or eight ethical cases (Middle School & Senior High School students)

As of 2020 we moved the event online. Prior to that schools participated face to face at host schools. Participating schools now use Zoom to link up with other schools. The advantage of this online format is that regional and remote schools can participate. Also schools can easily engage with other schools and judges from around the world. A tertiary based judge in Canada or Tasmania can be dealing with a heat involving two schools, one from Singapore and and the other in New Zealand.

On the day of the Ethics Olympiad teams are involved in a series of three/four heats where they are scored according to set criteria which rewards, clear, concise, respectful discourse in response to questions about the ethical cases. Judges award points on the basis of clear, concise, critical and collaborative thinking.

The top Middle and Senior schools in each regional event are invited to participate in a final involving schools from around the world.

We are currently taking registrations for all events in the 2022. We are also offering Training Clinics for Senior, Middle and Junior teams. Use the toolbar on the left but please note some events are already fully subscribed. Click here for a flyer in case you would like to pass this on to colleagues.

Finally, consider joining your school as a member school. This will provide everyone at your school with members benefits including reduced registration rates and a myriad of teachers resources for teaching ethics all all year levels.