MARS was founded in 2008 by just twelve students and a handful of mentors. Formed primarily by the prior students of a FIRST Lego League team (the Roboteers, founded in 2002), MARS became a registered FRC team in time for the 2008 FRC season, FIRST Overdrive. MARS' first robot, MARVIN I, competed in the 2008 Pittsburgh regional. There, team 2614 won their first regional and earned the Rookie All-Star award, qualifying them for the 2008 World Championships.
In 2009, MARS competed at both the Pittsburgh Regional and the Palmetto Regional with the team's second machine (MARVIN II), earning the Rockwell Innovation in Control Award at both. MARS also advanced to the semifinals of both events, ranking 15th and 23rd respectively.
By 2010, MARS' extensive outreach was recognized for the first time with the Engineering Inspiration award at the 2010 North Carolina Regional, qualifying the team for the 2010 World Championships. MARS' student Luke Scime was awarded the Pittsburgh Regional Dean's List award as well, which would later allow him to win a 2010 World Championship Dean's List award.
In 2011, MARS was once again recognized for its outreach efforts with the Engineering Inspiration award at the 2011 Palmetto Regional, again qualifying the team for the 2011 World Championships. In addition, MARS was also awarded the Entrepreneurship Award at the 2011 Pittsburgh Regional. Dr. Earl Scime, head coach of MARS, received the 2011 Woodie Flowers Award at the Pittsburgh regional, qualifying him to compete for the 2011 and 2012 Championship Woodie Flowers Award.
For the first time since 2008, MARS won a regional event - the 2012 Pittsburgh Regional, qualifying the team for 2012 World Championships. MARS was also awarded the Innovation in Control Award. At the team's second event of the season, the 2012 North Carolina Regional, MARS became event finalists and received the team's first Chairman's Award, recognizing the team's Chairman's Submission and outreach efforts. At the 2012 Championships, team coach Dr. Earl Scime was awarded the 2012 World Championship Woodie Flowers Award.
In 2013, MARS received the 2013 Pittsburgh Regional Entrepreneurship Award. Nathan Utzman, a MARS student, also became a 2013 Dean's List Finalist Award Winner. At the Smoky Mountains regional, MARS was once again awarded the Regional Entrepreneurship award and the Engineering Inspiration award, qualifying the team for the 2013 World Championships. At the 2013 Championships, MARS received the 2013 Championships Entrepreneurship award.
At the 2014 Palmetto Regional, MARS became event finalists and was awarded the Creativity and Gracious Professionalism awards. At the second regional event, the 2014 Smoky Mountains Regional, MARS won the event (qualifying the team for the 2014 World Championships). MARS also won the Gracious Professionalism, Entrepreneurship, and Chairman's Awards. MARS student Emily Raque became a 2014 Dean's List Finalist at the same event. At the 2014 World Championships, MARS received the Newton Division Innovation in Control Award.
In 2015, MARS received the Chairman's Award once again at the 2015 Greater Pittsburgh Regional, qualifying the team for their seventh trip to the World Championships. At the 2015 Smoky Mountains regional, MARS was awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award and became Regional Winners. Phillip Tucker, MARS mentor, was also awarded a 2015 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. At the World Championships in 2015, MARS played in subdivision elimination matches for the first time in the team's history and advanced to the subdivision finals where MARS lost only to the 2015 World Championships Finalists. In the offseason, MARS also won the Central Ohio Robotics Invitational (CORi) event.
In 2016, MARS attended three regional events for the first time in the team's history. The first regional the team attended, the 2016 Palmetto Regional, was a great success for the team. MARS was awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, the Chairman's Award (qualifying the team for the 2016 World Championships), and become Regional Finalists. At the 2016 Pittsburgh Regional, MARS received a second Gracious Professionalism Award. At the final regional, The 2016 Smoky Mountains Regional, MARS ranked first at the end of the regional qualification rounds for the first time in the team's history. MARS then won the Industrial Design Award and became Regional Finalists. At the 2016 World Championships, MARS received the Newton-Hopper Subdivision Gracious Professionalism Award and played for the second time in the subdivisional elimination matches.
In 2017, MARS competed at two regional events, the 2017 Palmetto Regional and the 2017 Buckeye Regional. At the Palmetto Regional, MARS ranked third at the end of regional qualification matches and received the Chairman's Award for the final time, qualifying the team for the 2017 World Championships in St. Louis. MARS mentor Trish Vos was also awarded the Woodie Flowers Finalist award. At the 2017 World Championships, MARS competed in the subdivisional elimination matches for the third time, once again reaching the finals. MARS also received the Chairman's Finalist Award prior to the Einstein elimination matches. During the final awards ceremony, MARS was awarded the 2017 World Championship Chairman's Award, inducting the team into the FIRST Hall of Fame and qualifying the team for all successive World Championships.