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Retro Racer Project

Design your own obstacle course, then race to the end before the time runs out!

Activity Details

In this block-coding tutorial, students will create and customize their own platformer game using the Tynker Level Editor and Arcade Maker. Students follow a step-by-step tutorial to design their own obstacle course with a timer. Friendly drag-and-drop tools make it simple. Advanced students can add new collectibles or goals to make the race even more fun.

Teacher Notes

Students will use their creativity and coding skills to create a fun, playable "race against time" game. When they're done with this code game tutorial, encourage them to get creative. Students can add new levels, new powerups, or even new moves for their hero.

Teacher Guide


CCSS-ELA: RI.3.7, RF.3.4, RF.3.4.A, SL.3.1, RF.4.4.A, RF.1.4.A, RF.4.4, SL.4.1, RF.5.4.A, RF.5.4, SL.5.1, RI.6.4, RI.6.7, SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1
CCSS-Math: MP.1
CSTA: 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-12, 1B-AP-15, 2-AP-16
CS CA: 3-5.AP.10, 3-5.AP.13, 3-5.AP.14, 3-5.AP.17, 6-8.AP.10, 6-8.AP.16
ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

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Grades 3-8
Programming language Tynker Blocks
Experience Beginner
Activity type DIY Project
Length 50 mins
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