History of Odyssey



Odyssey of the Mind was started by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus in 1978 and he is kindly known as Dr. Sam. He challenged students to solve assignments in unusual and creative ways, then the teams presented their solutions in a competition. The program expanded to NJ High Schools and in 1978-1979 and was originally called Olympics of the Mind. Creative Competitions Inc was formed to develop the problems and administer the program at the national, and later, at the international level. Each year 5 competitive and one primary problem are written by CCI.