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arrow_back Step on the Gas (Part 1 of 2)


In this step, I'll show you how to create a variable slider to control the racer’s speed. To code this, click on player 1 and data, then select “make a variable.” A variable is: In this case, it's speed. Name this variable “speed,” and select “for this sprite only.” Scratch has now created variable blocks for the speed variable.

I'll drag the speed value into my "move 10 steps" block.

Now, whatever value this variable has will replace the 10 steps that were in the block before.

Notice that right now, the variable has a value of 0. So when I click the up arrow, my sprite doesn't move.

You will see that there's a checkbox next to this block in the scripting menu.

If I uncheck this box, the variable box disappears on the stage.

If I double click this display two times, the user then has a slider that they can control the value of the speed, Let's try changing the speed. Let's try changing it to 5, and a see what happens.

Whoa! The racer is moving pretty slowly.

Let's try changing this value to 20.

Wow, my racer is moving really fast!

You can do this for the player 2 sprite as well. Just be sure to select the “for this sprite only” check box when you create the variable.

Once you complete this step, you can move on to part 2, where you will use the speed variable to slow the driver when they’re on the grass on concrete.

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Change Up your Racetrack
Add a button that changes the racetrack backdrop.
Costume Change
Change what the racers look like when a key is pressed.
Step on the Gas (Part 1 of 2)
Change how fast the racers move, then make them slowdown on the grass.
Step on the Gas (Part 2 of 2)
Change how fast the racers move, then make them slowdown on the grass.
Crashing Sounds
Play a crashing sound each time the racers hit each other.
Race Fans
Program a sprite to count down to the start of the race and cheer.
Color Trail
Add a colorful trail effect to the racers.
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