- Established: MHS 2016 -
The Marion Area Robotics Society is a high school club with 3 teams. Since 2011, MARS Robotics has grown thanks to Mark Wallace & Andrew Margherio starting from a small group of individuals in a small classroom setting. Later in 2015 a complete infrastructure overhaul at our local high school provided us a stem lab with more room. The stem lab is a designated area where students can work on their robots. Mentorship & Community Involvement is constantly growing, along with past students coming in and volunteering as alumni. MARS Robotics is a strong extracurricular activity at Marion High School that teaches students engineering, code, and good sportsmanship.

Mechanical Muses

FTC Team 11462


Muses Team Members



A Junior 3rd year in robotics. Muses name Urania. Involved in Latin Club.



A Sophomore 2nd year in robotics. Muses name Clio. Involved in Marching Band.



A Senior first year in robotics. Muses name is Thalia. Involved in competitive marching band, jazz band, student council, FBLA, Young Conservatives club, Newspaper, National honor Society, Model United Nations, and a freshman mentor.



A Sophomore 1st year in robotics. Muses name Erato. Involved in Tennis, Marching Band, Library Club, Spanish Club, and National Art Honors Society.


Builder and Notebook

A Junior 3rd year in robotics. Muses of Eloquence. Involved in Competitive Marching Band, Latin Club, and volunteer in multiple positions at a church.


Notebook and 3D Printing

A Freshman 1st year in robotics. Muses name Melpomene. Involved in Spanish club, Girl scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venturing.


Builder and Notebook

A Senior 3rd year in robotics. Muses name is Aoide. Involved in Marching Band, Scholer Bowl, Library Club, Gay Straight Alliance, National Honors Society, and Art Honers Sciciety.


Builder and Notebook

A Sophomore 1st year in robotics. Muses name Polyhymnia. Involved Competitive Marching Band, Gay Straight Alliance, Scholar Bowl, Model UN, Library Club, Math Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society.


Our Previous Awards & Accomplishments!

FTC Velocity Vortex (2016-2017)

Rockwell-Collins Innovate Award (2017 Cape Girardeau, MO Qualifier)

Winning Alliance (2017 South Central Illinois League Qualifier)

Outstanding Rookie Team Award (Chicago, IL State Championship)

Community Outreach

MARS teams make a difference in the community of Marion, Illinois. Ways the teams have reached out include:

• Robotics Summer Camp at the Marion Carnegie Library, 2012-2016
• HackSI – Weekend long “hack-a-thon” – Team members volunteer, teaching others about robotics/engineering
• Robotics demonstration at VA Hospital
• Black Diamond Harley Davidson Trunk-or-Treat – robotics demo
• Robotics Demonstration at SIU Solar Eclipse Day

• Angel Tree participant – made possible by team member donations
• Coach’s Boards – designed and built wire and controller managers (coach’s boards) to donate to rookie teams
• Mentor to FLL (First Lego League) team
• Prepare and donate goodie bags with emergency robotics “quick fixes” to hand out at competitions
• MHS Homecoming Parade – generating interest in robotics with float and mini WALL-E bots built by team