Winning district teams have advanced to State Finals and World Finals.
Initiated in 1978, it was originally named "Olympics of the Mind." The first competition consisted of 28 New Jersey schools and was intended to be a one-time event. The enthusiasm from students, parents, teachers, and volunteers compelled organizers to establish the program as an annual event. In 1980, the first non-U.S. team participated in the competition, making it a "World" Finals. Now, teams of up to seven students take on Odyssey challenges each fall and work for months to develop and implement solutions to open-ended problems. They compete against others in the same category and age group.