I believe the gear icon that you are using is for modifying the title. I think I even saw someone use it to create something that looked like a cover page that can be viewed before seeing the actual slide. It’s not documented, so I didn’t even know it existed until I saw it in an example.
Would it be possible for you to house your variables in any of the components instead of the big gear? For example, if you put them in the table component, you could still call on them from the note component in the same slide (and other slides too) by using .script like mxepsten mentioned.
Maybe this what you want accomplished in your example?