In this week’s episode of the “Power Kid Podcast,” host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design welcomes Learning Resources‘ Senior Product Manager Michael Blaustein to the show.

Blaustein’s career in electronic toys includes experience at Tiger Electronics and VTech prior to joining Learning Resources and helping to launch award-winning products, including Botley the Coding Robot (2019 TOTY winner: Innovative Toy of the Year) and Coding Critters (2020 TOTY winner: Best Preschool Toy).

On the show, Blaustein discusses how his early work answering video game customer hint lines led to work as a video game developer. Additionally, he explains how the Code & Go Robot Mouse opened the door for more innovative learning products and the importance of creating tech toys that don’t utilize a screen. Finally, Albritton and Blaustein discuss Learning Resources’ new MagicCoders.

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