West Michigan Aviation Academy

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West Michigan Aviation Academy At a Glance
Member of SO since 2015
Best finish, regionals 5th, 2019
Best finish, state 9th, 2019
Best finish, nationals
Website Team Website


West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 2009. Their Region 12 Science Olympiad program was founded in 2015 by Brittany O'Brien and Bob Battey, respectively, WMAA Chemistry Teacher and parent volunteer. Mr. Battey's goal was to qualify for state in 4 years. At the start of the 2017-2018 season Miss O'Brien announced her departure from the WMAA's Science Olympiad program. Mr. Battey took over as head coach. He lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 1, 2018. The team vowed to qualify for State for Mr. Battey. On March 17th they did. The Team's continued improvement is a tribute to Mr. Battey's legacy and the parent volunteers who have followed in his footsteps. WMAA medaled at State in the following events: 3rd Sounds of Music (2019), 4th Write It Do It (2018), 5th Boomilever (2019), 6th Designer Genes (2019), 7th Circuit Lab (2019), Fermi Questions (2019), Herpetology (2019), Thermodynamics (2019), 8th Optics (2018).

Results History

Year Regional State National
2020 - - -
2019 5th (143) 9th (410) -
2018 8th (215) 20th (544) -
2017 11th (239) - -
2016 13th (305) - -
2015 26th (-) - -

Event Placements

2019 Event Placements
Event Regionals States
Anatomy and Physiology 4th 27th
Astronomy 11th 15th
Boomilever 2nd 5th
Chemistry Lab 9th 28th
Circuit Lab 4th 7th
Codebusters 4th 17th
Designer Genes 7th 6th
Disease Detectives 2nd 13th
Dynamic Planet 10th 22nd
Experimental Design 2nd 12th
Fermi Questions 8th 7th
Forensics 10th 50th
Fossils 11th 33rd
Geologic Mapping 7th 37th
Herpetology 5th 7th
Mission Possible 3rd 13th
Mousetrap Vehicle 4th 18th
Protein Modeling 7th 23rd
Sounds of Music 2nd 3rd
Thermodynamics 5th 7th
Water Quality 7th 24th
Wright Stuff 4th 13th
Write It Do It 15th 23rd
Indoor Bottle Rocket1 4th -
Pentathlon1 2nd -
Source Code1 - 10th
1: Trial Event; does not count toward team score
2018 Event Placements
Event Regionals States
Anatomy and Physiology 11th 27th
Astronomy 7th 31st
Chemistry Lab 5th 9th
Disease Detectives 13th 21st
Dynamic Planet 15th 40th
Ecology 9th 25th
Experimental Design 9th 33rd
Fermi Questions 5th 12th
Forensics 7th 33rd
Game On 7th 18th
Helicopters 3rd 26th
Herpetology 7th 29th
Hovercraft 14th 22nd
Materials Science 10th 22nd
Microbe Mission 9th 41st
Mission Possible 9th 23rd
Mousetrap Vehicle 8th 18th
Optics 3rd 8th
Remote Sensing 10th 13th
Rocks and Minerals 12th 21st
Thermodynamics 10th 38th
Towers 13th 32nd
Write It Do It 15th 4th
Pentathlon1 22nd -
Source Code1 4th -
1: Trial Event; does not count toward team score
2017 Event Placements
Event Regionals States
Anatomy and Physiology 12th -
Astronomy 13th -
Chemistry Lab 8th -
Disease Detectives 12th -
Dynamic Planet 16th -
Ecology 9th -
Electric Vehicle 15th -
Experimental Design 6th -
Forensics 13th -
Game On 9th -
Helicopters 2nd -
Hovercraft 5th -
Hydrogeology 11th -
Invasive Species 11th -
Materials Science 5th -
Microbe Mission 9th -
Optics 8th -
Remote Sensing 13th -
Robot Arm 5th -
Rocks and Minerals 17th -
Towers 16th -
Wind Power 8th -
Write It Do It 16th -
Pentathlon1 5th -
Source Code1 5th -
1: Trial Event; does not count toward team score
2016 Event Placements